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Proverb of the day: Even the one-eyed can score goals تيجي مع العور طابات

Even the one-eyed can score goals

Ahram Online , Saturday 7 Nov 2015
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  تيجي مع العور طابات

Tigi ma’a al-‘ur tabat

 

Translation: Even the one-eyed can score goals

Meaning: This is another way of saying that someone has beginner's luck. A different version of the saying is “Tigi ma’a al-‘umiy tabat,” or “even the blind can score goals.” The saying is still in use although the word tabat, meaning balls or cannonballs, is no longer heard outside a few remote towns in Egypt.

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

Translated by: Nabil Shawkat

 
 
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