Author Archives: Erik Beltz

Folk Speech/Protection – Evil Eye – Persian

Folk Speech/Protection – Evil Eye – Persian “Some Persians believe if you use a word like ‘scissors,” ‘knife,’ or ‘needle,’ it’s as if you are putting that sharp object in the evil eye of the person you’re saying it to, insinuating that person is evil eyeing you. So instead of saying, ‘pass the salt’ or… Continue Reading »

Folk Speech/Idiom – Persian

Folk Speech/Idiom – Persian “’The wall has mice in it, and mice have ears.’ If you’re sitting somewhere and you realize you’re sitting by nosey people, you whisper this to your friend so they know not to say anything important.” The informant made it very clear that Persian people use idioms in everyday speech almost… Continue Reading »