Author Archives: Sirarpi Muradian

High School Senior Pranks

Main Piece My informant explains that her old high school has an age-old rival high school in the same city. She remembers that the graduating seniors of every year would perform a prank on the rival school, and the rival school would do the same. These pranks were usually harmless, but sometimes costly to recover… Continue Reading »

Ambulance Chasers

Main Piece Informant: “We [corporate lawyers] call personal injury attorneys “ambulance chasers.” We mean this as a joke, obviously, but sometimes we … don’t. There’s this stereotype that personal injury attorneys chase around ambulances in order to add the injured persons to their clientele. It’s… it’s a real thing that people do. I know it’s… Continue Reading »

Iranian Flu Medicine

Main Piece Heat up one whole lemon and 3 garlic cloves until soft and mash with a fork. Strain the mixture and take one spoonful every morning to prevent sickness.  Background My informant was born and raised in Iran. She remembers the flu, and how it ravaged through her elementary school. Her mother, to protect… Continue Reading »

Iranian Nursery Rhyme

Main Piece Original Script Phonetic Script Pinky miguyad, “boxzarit dozdi konam” Angoshte halghe miporsid, “che chizi ra mitavonim bedozdim?” Angoshte vasat eztehar mikonad, “chizi bozorg va taloey” Angoshte eshare miporsid, “che kasi pasokhe khoda ra midehad?” Angoshte shest pasokh midahad, “man boyad zira man bozorg va ghavi hastam.” Transliteration Pinky said, “let me steal do.”… Continue Reading »

Iranian New Year Tradition (Haft-sin)

Name: Haft-sin (هفت‌سین) Main Piece Me: So, I know people in Iran celebrate their New Year next month. Informant: Yeah, Nowruz. It’s in March, but I’m not sure what day it’s on because it’s always different I think. Me: Is there anything you guys do on that day? Or any particular dish that is traditional… Continue Reading »