Tag Archives: arabic


Eyelash wishing game – Arabic Children’s Folk Game

Context: She was in an all-girls elementary school in Jordan when she learned this game. She thought that it was silly, and did not pay much mind to it, saying that “girls, usually teenagers, like to make wishes.” There are two versions of this game that she remembers. Game (Version 1): The game involves two… Continue Reading »

Easter egg game (Maseehh kom) – Arabic Folk Game

Context: She learned this game from her family when she was around two years old, in Egypt. She said that the reason they commemorate Jesus’s resurrection with cracking eggs is because Jesus emerged from the tomb like a chick emerging from an egg. Game: This game requires two people (P1 and P2), each with a… Continue Reading »

“I stopped sleeping on your lap”… “You saved me from your farts.” – Arabic Saying and Comeback

Context: She learned it from her grandma in Jordan, when she was around 7 or 8. The first time she heard it was when her grandma asked her if she wanted to sleep over, to which she said that she had to go home. Her grandma then said “Rayahtni min fsak” (“You saved me from… Continue Reading »

Teasing hand gesture – Arabic Children’s Folk Gesture

Context: She learned the hand motion in Egypt when she was around 5. You would do this gesture to another person when you want to tease them. Originally, when saying it, you would say “To’ ou moot” (“Explode and die”). Gesture: For the sake of my informant’s anonymity, I performed the gesture in the video…. Continue Reading »