يا اسطى*

* oh, craftsman!

Arabic Egypt

Slang USED Very frequently BY Young People

It is used to call bus drivers, taxi drivers, friends, workers, and random people.

Note: Many Egyptian Arabic slang words come from Turkish words, since Egypt was ruled by the Ottoman Empire a couple of centuries ago. This word potentially comes from the Turkish word "usta" which translates to a "master of a job" or a "craftsman". Now it is used to call upon strangers or friends.

"عامل اية يسطا؟"

"How are you, craftsman? "