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Proverb of the day:An onion shared in love is (as satisfying) as a (cooked) sheep

An onion shared in love is (as satisfying) as a (cooked) sheep

Ahram Online , Sunday 12 Apr 2015
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بصلة المحب خروف

Basalet al mohebb kharouf

Translation: An onion shared in love is (as satisfying) as a (cooked) sheep.

 

Meaning: Hospitality is about friendship, not the quality of the food the host is offering. In Egypt, onions were a major part of the daily diet of a worker, and a working lunch was often a loaf of bread and an onion. So, this parable is drawn from a scene that must have been repeated every day. Workers gathering under a tree for lunch, sharing bread, onions, and if available, some cheese.

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

Translated by: Nabil Shawka

 

 

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