You Know You’re An Arab When…
A friend sent this to me today….LOVE it!….applies to me 95%! It's sooo disturbingly true!
You Know Your Arab When…… (only arabs will get this)
You have a Sitto always cooking for you
You go to Arabic Resturants, tell the owners your Arab, and think you're
going to get free food.
You fight over who's going to pay the bill
You act like you want to pay, but in reality you hate to pay
You would never call it Pita Bread
you know what the debki, a hafli, and a derrbakki is/are
You say "bolice" and "bastor" for "police" and "pastor."
You smoke as if it were your last day on earth…and you only smoke Marlboro.
You cook a meal that lasts 3 days.
Your father swears at you with words that effect himself (Ibnil Kalb). (so true)
You have 500,000,000 cousins.
Your relatives alone could populate a small city.
At weddings it takes the bride and groom 4 hoursto kiss all the guests
You have a gold necklace of your name written in Arabic.
Your middle name is your father's first name.
If you are male, you're named after your grandfather or great-grandfather.
You play cards till the break of dawn.
You can't have a meal without bread.
You never run out of bizzer. (seeds)
You get offended when Americans call Arabic bread "Pita bread"
You teach your American friends Arabic word (mostly bad ones) and get happy when they use them in normal conversations.
Your Mom has a creative nickname for you like "Natoosheh," or "Tuntooneh."
You have a difficult Arabic name so you come up with an Americanized version of it like "Sam" or "Mike."
You have someone tell you your fortune through your coffee cup.
You love Um Kalthoom and if you don't, your dad makes you listen to her and tries to translate the words into English so you can appreciate her as much as he does.
You get really happy and call the whole family to the room when there is a special or documentary on Arabs or anything Arabic related on CNN or PBS.
You bump Arabic music at all times
Your dad eats mensef with his hands and forces his son to "join the men
You or your relatives own a grocery store, liquor store, restaurant, or gas station
You eat hummus at least 4 times a week
You watch the hell out of Arabic Satellite
You own and/or play the tubleh
Your favorite food is wara' dawali, but you are embarrassed to tell your friends that you ate leaves for dinner (for those of you who don't know what wara; dawali is its grape leaves)
You make Turkish coffee before leaving home to work, at the office, before lunch, after lunch, when having guests, before the guest leave, after the guests leave and before you go to bed.
You still have stored suitcases of clothes that you used to wear when you were five.
Everyone is a family friend.
If you are 25 and unmarried, your parents make you feel that you are getting old.
You ask your dad a simple question, and he answers by telling the story of how he used to walk miles just to get to school
You hug and kiss relatives you have never seen before in your life.
You curse at your teachers or strangers in Arabic.
You have to constantly remind your American friends to take off their shoes when they enter your house
You flip out when someone mistakes you for a Mexican or Indian.
You can spot an Arab a mile away and they have spotted at you because they keep staring.
After a family meal, the women fight to the death over who should wash the dishes while the men sit on their behinds and discuss politics, waiting for their tea.
Your mother yells at the top of her lungs to call you to dinner even if you're in the next room.
You have at least thirty cousins.
You have a 4 cousins, an uncle, a brother-in-law and 7 friends named Mohammed.
You arrive one or two hours late to a party and think it's normal. …all arabs are late- all the time!
You are standing next to the largest suitcases at the Airport.
You talk for an hour at the front door when leaving someone's house.
You say bye 17 times on the phone.
When your parents meet strangers and talk for a few minutes, you discover they know one of your uncles back home.
Your parents don't realize phone connections to foreign countries have improved in the last two decades, and still scream at the top of their lungs when making long distance calls.
You're walking out of customs with your trolley at the airport and you see at least twenty-five members of your family who have come to pick you up.
You go back to your parents' country and people treat you like a member of…the royal family.
Your parents drink 6 cups of tea a day
You've had a shoe thrown at you by your mother (not true but its funny)