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Proverb of the day: For the sake of roses, weeds get watered as well لاجل الورد ينسقى العليق

For the sake of roses, weeds get watered as well

Ahram Online , Monday 12 Oct 2015
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  لاجل الورد ينسقى العليق

Lagl el ward yenseqi el olleiq

Translation: For the sake of roses, weeds get watered as well.

Meaning: Because we love someone so much, we may be willing to accommodate their less than savoury companions. This saying was very popular in the mid-twentieth century, and is a common line in dramas and folk songs. It is less so today, but most people will still understand it. It has a lovely country sound, as the word “olleiq” is rarely used in an urban context. So by using it, you’re preserving a small part of the country’s oral rural tradition.

Source: Egyptian Proverbs, (Al-Ahram Center for Translation and Publishing, 1986) by Ahmed Taymour Pasha

Translated by: Nabil Shawkat

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