Author Archives: Rabia

About Rabia

Muslim Pakistani-American. Born and raised in LA area.

Urdu childhood rhyme

Context: The informant is a college-age male whose parents are both from Pakistan originally. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. He currently lives in Southern California in a joint family and has also visited Pakistan multiple times since he was very young. His extended family in Pakistan includes many young uncles… Continue Reading »

Urdu slang insult/swearing

Context: The informant is a college-age male whose parents are both from Pakistan originally. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. He currently lives in Southern California in a joint family and has also visited Pakistan multiple times since he was very young. He recalls a curse his father would say “when he… Continue Reading »

“This is Buggy”

Context: The informant is an 11-year-old resident of Southern California, of Indo-Pakistani descent. She lives with two older siblings, parents, and grandparents and attends a public middle school in the South Bay area. She has close friends of many different religious and ethnic backgrounds, and the following narrative sequence is one she learned from one… Continue Reading »

Tuntun-Tuntun-Taara

Tuntun-tuntun-taara Baje raat ke baaran Tuntun-tuntun-taara Baje raat ke baaran Chhat par billi bhaagi hai, Neend se (Baby) jaagi hai Chhat par billi bhaagi hai, Neend se (Baby) jaagi hai Billi ne chuhe ko maara Hai! Tuntun-tuntun-taara Baje raat ke baaran Tuntun-tuntun-taara Baje raat ke baaran Galli me bola chawkidaar, “Choron se rehna hushiyar” Galli… Continue Reading »

Clapping game rhyme/song

Context: The informant is a Pakistani-American 11-year-old girl and a 6th grader at a public school in Torrance, CA.  The following clapping rhyme is a two-person game she learned in first grade. Content: “I went to a Chinese restaurant To buy a loaf of bread, bread, bread She asked me what my name was And… Continue Reading »