February 25, 2008

A Note to Egyptian Men...


While I'm aware my readership doesn't consist of many male readers, but I just wanted to put this out there.

Stop it. Just stop it. Hacking a loogie while walking down the street is absolutely disgusting! I don't want to hear it, I don't want to see it, nor does anyone else! It's very unbecoming and reeks of bad manners! I see this every single day and sometimes its just in the few minutes of waiting for the kids' bus so you can imagine how rampant it is. It makes me cringe and I have to look away quick to avoid the sight of it hitting the street. Blech! What a retched, horrid, repulsive habit! Hey, and while you're at it stop "adjusting" yourself. Don't worry, it's all still there, besides, you are in public, we can all see you. Quit it!

EDIT: Just a disclaimer, not all Egyptian men do this, for example my lovely husband can refrain. It is the majority though, I believe. It's interesting what is considered rude somewhere would just be 3ady, normal elsewhere. It's still gross!

24 comments:

  1. I remember once, in Alexandria, my sister and I were taking a taxi home when the cab driver decided to spit. He didn't account for the windy days of Alexandria. The spit came flying to the backseat where we were sitting.

    YUCK!

    The last time I visited Egypt, a man started lighting a cigarette in his office, right in front of me. He did it twice, before I decided to ask him to PLEASE STOP. You are killing me and you are rude!

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  2. Organic, for the first story....EW! You have my deepest sympathies. As for the second story, everyone smokes here it's like breathing.

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  3. Salamo Alikom Sister Mona;
    In Egypt there are alot of bad habits but , we hope change all of them , Like all over the world , there are good and bad , but I am with u in Egypt bad can viewed easy , but any way we hope Egypt will be the best ISA

    Ahmed M. Emara
    Software Engineer
    Security Service Provider
    Emara@softlock.net
    002 010 11 22 586

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  4. OMG that ^^^ comment is SOOOO egyptian it made me choke on my dp. especially the giving of all his work information. I've never seen an egyptian to miss out on a marketing opportunity.
    MashAllah. That was hilarious, and very nice.

    Personally for me, the peeing under bridges and pooping in the nile while everyone can see him was the thing that always got me. Its like I had some sort of radar and a geas on me to have to look. I'd try to fight it but my head would swivvel on its own in the direction of the public defecator.

    And my husband would always be like "I'm so sorry habibty, so sorry..."

    I can handle spitting and adjusting yourself, please don't move your bowels where I can see you.

    kthanxbye.

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  5. and a note on the pic you have, I always thought that it starts out small near the mouth but spreads out by gravity towards the bottom.

    Apparently in Korea its the other way around.

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  6. Brother Ahmed, We are far from getting close to being the best but inshaAllah change can happen, tell people to stop this!

    Molly, HA! I know!

    He feels the need to apologize on behalf of Egyptians who poop publicly! I have to say, I've never seen that, peeing, yea, but alhamdullilah I haven't witnessed THAT! People also shoot snot rockets on the street, ew!

    I thought the guy in the picture was spitting progressively larger spit balls, but whatever...how'd you know it's Korean?

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  7. Maryam9:44 PM

    What will you say about a Man peeing on the road towards the curb side ???

    I have seen many men doing so while i was in Mumbai... :-D

    www.infoguide.wordpress.com

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  8. Well it might be chinese, I'm not sure. It probably is chinese, but all blocky like that it looks like Korean.

    Me no speakey either of them.

    Also koreans always have the awesome kitschy stuff.

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  9. Yea one evening I was walking around on the Nile with my scrumptious friend M and we had just crossed one of the main bridges in Cairo, not the one with the lions the other famous one. She and I stopped for a few minutes on the other side to lean on the railing and contemplate the river. I was also on my mobile talking to my soon to be husband when I looked down and saw a young man casually stroll up to a space between two boats, pull down his pants, and squat over the water. He, once he was already in the compromising position, looked up and realized that I could see him and then had the audacity to smile a wave.

    Welcome to Egypt, I say.

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  10. * smile AND wave.

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  11. Salaam,

    You say you don't have many male readers......does it help any that many men tell me that I try to act like one......lol

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  12. The public urination, I've seen in New York once but at least there's a fine if you are caught.

    Molly, that's so gross, and so disrespectful!

    Angry...lol, I read about that~!

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  13. Salam alaikoum
    I am still reeling from organic's comment- in Algeria men don't smoke in front of women! It's like the ultimate no no!
    People spit in Switzerland and I want to choke them. I don't mind the big loogie as much as I mind the spit noise. Although nothing is as bad as male "adjustment"

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  14. DP, interesting...I never new that, people here don't care and smoke anywhere and in anyone's company.

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  15. I agree all this excretion in public is just plain bad manners. Here in Jordan, we have this taxi corner near my house which is still an empty lot with trees. The taxi men stop there and pee regularly. Then you will see them on sunny days sitting under the trees picnic-ing. I find that so ridiculous! Haven't any of these guys noticed the urine smell??? Waaw!

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  16. Hi Nicole! Welcome...Ha, they probably think they're watering the grass...They need a porta-potty or something. Do public places not allow them to use their restrooms or is it just easier? yucko.

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  17. Dear Molly ;

    why you hate Egyptian people ?
    But any way thank you for your comment on my signature , But I am usual put my signature , also donot be angery with that .
    I am promise u that Egypt will be the best ISA , like the past ,
    at the last thank u my sister Mona for your nice words about the topic
    Ahmed M. Emara
    Software Engineer
    Security Servie Provider
    Emara@softlock.net
    002 010 11 22 586

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  19. Dear Ahmed:

    why are you 3abit?

    gozi mn masr ya humar. Ana baheb masr.

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  20. Brother Ahmed, No one said they hate Egyptian people...The signature is unnecessary on blog comments, this isn't email and your name is already on the comment. I'd like to see you keep that promise though.

    Molly, Ha! ;)

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  21. Assalamu Alikum,

    I understand your passion and agree with you however just want to highlight that generalising is not a good thing, right? :)

    Anyway this is something related to the civilisation person acquires during his life or in other word his mentality.

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  22. Alaikum alsalam, Your right, I hate generalizations, but in my defense I did add the disclaimer saying that not all Egyptian men do this. I know, it has a lot to do with a person's "saqafa" too.

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  23. Yes I noticed it and no need to make any defense. Attacking is good in such bad stuff.

    Indeed; it's thaqafa however this thaqafa is shaped mainly by how people raise their children up + how they interact with the world.

    p.s. thaqafa not saqafa because it's pronounced with tha'(ثاء) not seen (سين)in Arabic.

    Thanks for this important post again.

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