Thursday, January 6, 2011

On Sarcasm

Sarcasm is not a big thing in Morocco. In fact, I don’t think there is even a word for it in Moroccan Arabic. The closest word I have found is a slang term used in Ifran, the affluent and intellectual winter resort town. They have the term ‘sbitar khl’ which means ‘black hospital’. It’s a word for someone, like me, who says sarcastic things a lot. For instance while waiting in line someone came up to me and asked, “hey brother, can I cut in front of you”. I replied “Friend, your totally welcome to go the back of the line and ask someone else. Its no problem.” He looked at me totally confused and then walked to the end of the line and asked someone there.

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