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Proverb of the day: O land, please open up and swallow me يا ارض انشقى و ابلعينى

O land, please open up and swallow me

Ahram Online , Saturday 17 Oct 2015
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 يا ارض انشقى و ابلعينى

Ya ard enshaqqi we eblaayni

Translation: O land, please open up and swallow me.

Meaning: I wish the ground would open up and swallow me. This is the almost identical with the English saying, and denotes the same sense of embarrassment. This saying remains common and due to its brevity and easy flow, may remain in use for years to come.

 

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

Translated by: Nabil Shawkat

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