FYI

Word List #7

As salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh…

Saqr – صقر = Falcon (related to the) hawk. *This word has other meanings.

  • If a woman possesses exceptional cooking skills, she’s called a صقرة “saqrah.”
  • ق is often replaced by غ, so you may hear some people say “saghrah.”

I’m extremely interested in the origins of “saqrah.” I hope to be able to update this post with an answer, In Shaa Allaah. I have a theory (and long to express it) however, I will wait for hard facts.

Bakhsheesh – بخشيش = tip. It’s not customary to leave a tip for waiters in Saudi Arabia, but it’s ok if you choose to do so. This word is said to have originated from Turkey. Allaah Knows Best.

Seeda – “Go straight.” Locals also say: على طول “Alaa tool” and “Qiddam.”

الماعز “Al Maa’iz” = female mountain goat. The locals tend to say: Tays تيس.

Hospital – مستشفى “Al Mus-tashfaa.” Some – especially those from Shaam – tend to say “mushfaa.”

شريط “Shareet” – this word has quite a few meanings. From them; bar, tape, ribbon, strip, band and streak. Key chain holders worn around the neck are known as shareet, as well.

  • Some locals will refer to a SIM card as shareet, others call it شراءح sharaa-ih.

اسم العلامة التجارية – Ismul ‘Alaamah at Tujaariyyah – Brand name. مصمم الأزياء التسمية – Musammim al Azyaa at Tas-mi-yah = Designer fashion label.

  • The locals tend to say, “Mark” – “markah” – Brand name(s), designer label(s).

There’s a store in Amman Jordan selling high-end pieces like Gucci and Armani. The company’s name; “MarkaVIP.”

Word List #6 Update: The following greetings are specific to women in southwestern Saudi Arabia (Aseer aka Asir Province):

  • The Qahtani tribe greet each other by saying “kayfa haaliq (with ق instead of ك).
  • The Aseeri tribe: “kayfa haalis” (with س instead of ك).
  • The Shahrani tribe: say “kayfa haalish” (with ش instead of ك ).

Click here for word lists 1 – 6.

As always, feel free to add tidbits or corrections. Baarakallaahu feekum.

Haneefah

*Will add photos, In Shaa Allaah.

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