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Some Syrian proverbs about cats:

“Metel el atta bi sab’ rwaah” it means that cats has seven souls, it never dies. It is said when someone always survives and never gets hurt.
“Metel el att byakoul wo bynkour” it means he is like a cat, it eats everything then it denies what it has eaten. It said about someone known by his ungratefulness.
“Zakarna el att aam natt” it means we were talking about the cat when it came. It is said if somebody’s name was mentioned and then the same person passed by.
“Ghab el att ela’b ya far” it means since the cat is not here let the mouse play as much as it can. I think this one is clear.
“Ylli bela’eb el att bit-hammal kharamisho” it means if you want to play with a cat you should put up with its scratches. You should be aware of what are you doing, or you should carry the consequences of you wrong behavior.
“ El att ma bihib illa khanako” it means a cat loves its oppressor. It is said when someone always comes back to the one he humiliates him and makes him suffer.


  • thatis really cute, i would have never thought of that. i like those idioms, i hadn't heard them all, but they are intresting.

    nice post!

    By Blogger Phantom of the Blog, at 6/5/05 4:24 PM  

  • I suppose we have so many idioms on cats because they exist in great numbers in Syria...

    By Blogger Dina, at 7/5/05 12:21 AM  

  • Cats have a silent way of capturing
    people's attention.
    Cats are capable of the best and sometimes,no regrets,the worst.
    Some of these sayings about cats are common to many mediterranean
    countries,with a few variants.
    I like cats.

    By Blogger GPV, at 7/5/05 1:29 AM  

  • Dear Ghalia,

    This photo and the one under the post titled "Education For All" are very nice to be shown in WED '05 Photo Gallery. Apply to participate using the application form in wed.4eco.com .. It is free and your attendance is not obligatory. Furthermore, This gallery will be exhibited in Azzehrawi Palace Museum!


    By Anonymous Abdulhadi, at 7/5/05 11:27 AM  

  • Nice i like 2 c animals but when they r far from me :) if they get closer u can expect anything of me maybe u may find me screeming or running :P

    By Blogger M!R@CHK@, at 7/5/05 5:31 PM  

  • Nice post Ghalia!

    I would add "al att beyakol 3ashah" (The cat eats his dinner) which is used for someone who's too weak and peaceful that everybody dares to violate his rights.

    And also the "gross" proverb: "ata3 ras al att men laylet al 3eres" (He beheaded the cat on his wedding day) which originats from the story of a man who cut the head of his cat in front of his wife to strike fear in her heart.

    By Blogger Ayman, at 7/5/05 8:17 PM  

  • Thanx for all...
    and thank u Ayman for adding these proverbs:)

    By Blogger Ghalia, at 8/5/05 6:45 PM  

  • I thought the cat's picture was soo interesting!!
    How'd she get up there anyway and why!? Hehehe.. Cats are always full of mysteries.

    Syrian proverbs are amazing. My mother told me that there exists a book that lists all syrian proverbs to date. Thx for sharing.

    By Anonymous Tim, at 25/5/05 1:18 PM  

  • Ghalia,

    This is great. I also liked the way you transcribed arabic words. Just like the Shami dialect, you dropped "kaf" from words like "(k)att" :)

    By Anonymous volkan, at 30/3/07 11:03 PM  

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