We all sit, and I have started making jokes about the sayings I have heard around Baghdad and Diyala. 'Chat up lines' don't exist as such in society here, more rather, guys hang around in big groups and shout what they think is romanitc and or a compliment. So I'm going to give you an insight into the funny world I currently reside in.
"do you want a date? I have a sack full from my bistaan"- basically showing off 'look at me, I have a farm!'
"il youm lazem laylat al qadr, laeen hai il youm il malaika tinzil"- 'today must be night of qadr, because thats the night angels come down'
"la ma wigat min dishdashtee, wigat ilich"- 'no, i didn't fall over my dishdasha, i fell for you'
another way is singing songs. Iraqi guys *actually* think its romantic to sing to females. Songs include- 'Al Bortaqala' (the orange), 'Al rommanah' (the pomengranite), 'Al tofaha' (the apple). These are verry famous, and the songs basically refers to the girl that they like by calling her a spherical piece of fruit. Oh, the romanticness of it all.
"WILICH"- 'hey you!'. Enoguh said really.
" sar infijar, sar infijar!!!.....ib qalbi" -'there's been an explosion, theres been an explosion!!...in my heart'. This is only used by the most attention seeking, preferably away from shops or old men, who would beat them up for making people scream.
"ahibbich"-'i love you'. This doesn't seem so bad, until i tell you that this is strangers saying it on the street to female passerbys.
Not even married women are safe....not even if you wear an abbaya...."thibee al abbayaaaa"-'drop the abbaya'. This is the name of a song from kasim sultan, and is occasionally sung to non abbaya wearing girls, who just have hijab, as well as abbaya clad women, who then proceed to beat up the youth by engulfing them in a cloud of black fabric, which blinds them, so they can strike freely. As the abbayed woman walks away, look to the ground to see a pool of broken bones and bruises.
Female lines:"schlon shwarib muhtarrama" - 'what a respectable mustache' : saddam era of course
"fa, inta leehisa ayish ib bait ahlak"-'so, you still live in your parents house' : (this is a good thing, as if you live alone, assumptions are made straight away that the guy doesn't live at home, because he's been kicked out)
"hememeehehememhe"-'mehememhemehe' : girls trying to be girly/feminine (nazaqa). They sound more like mice, and its hard to tell what they really are saying.
"Indak shugul?"-'you have work?' : if the guy replies 'I'm a doctor/engineer/professor/lawyer and i have work', then an insta-relationship occurs.
*smile*- if you are female, and happen to smile, or return a smile, then this is a form of flirting, so keep you head down, and frown. :D
*writing poetry*- a lot of girls write poetry of love etc. The only poem I find suiting to describe Iraqi lotharios is 'Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, all the kubba and all the dolma put Humpty back together again'
There's many more i overheard on Valentine's day, but frankly, I'm too cold to sit here typing, so Aurevoir!
J'adore le pamplemousse,
Touta from Baghdad.