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Proverb of the day: Some bad news makes you cry and some makes you laugh همّ يضحّك وهمّ يبكّي

Some bad news makes you cry and some makes you laugh

Ahram Online , Tuesday 24 Nov 2015
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  همّ يضحّك وهمّ يبكّي

Hamm yedahhak we hamm yebakki

Translation: Some bad news makes you cry and some makes you laugh

Meaning: Some things are so bad that you just have to laugh. When so many things go wrong your frustration may turn to amusement, because your fate is just too unbelievable. Think of a day when your car wouldn't start, you lost your wallet, and then also got into a fight with a friend, for example. Even though this proverb is relevent today, it has mostly fallen out of usage.

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

Translated by: Nabil Shawkat

 

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