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شو في ما في؟*

* What's there not there

Arabic | Levantine Lebanon

Standard Phrase USED Very frequently BY Anyone

A way of saying 'what's up?', typically used with friends and family or acquaintances.

"شو في ما في؟" "والله وا في شي"

"What's up?" "Nothing much"





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تقبرني*

* bury me

Arabic | Levantine Lebanon

Expression USED Frequently BY Everyone

(v.) Commonly used by people as a sign of affection. It's a way of saying "I hope I die before you". Can sometimes be used in a condescending way.

"مبروك عالولد ! يئبرني شكلو"

"Congratulations on the baby! May he bury me"





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فكرة*

* idea

Arabic Algeria

Word USED On Occasion BY young adults

(n.) Used when expressing approval and/or interest in a suggestion or opinion. Can be formal or informal depending on the situation. E.g. could be considered informal when addressing elders but not in a meeting - be it official or non-official.

"في رايي كون نزيدو سعر المنتج وحدو و نبيعوه في باكيات تع 3 و نديرو سولد تجي مليحة" "!ايه فكرة"

"In my opinion, if we raise the price of the product on its own and then sell it in packs of 3 on sale, it would be good." "Oh yeah that's an idea!"