Proverb of the day: The beautiful one is never perfect
Ahram Online, Thursday 4 Jun 2015
The beautiful one is never perfect


الزين ما يكملش

El zein ma yekmalsh

Translation: The beautiful one is never perfect.

Meaning: This proverb is still in use, although urban folks would use the word “el-helw” instead of the country equivalent, “el-zein.” When you admire someone very much and then you discover that they have a fault, either with their personality or looks, this is when you say this proverb, meaning that “well, no one is perfect!”

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

Translated by: Nabil Shawkat

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