“The world is crowded.”

الدُنيا زَحمة

“ad-dunya za7ma

aka, “It’s really crowded [right now/today].”

A bit of an exaggeration, but at the same time, not really, because Cairo is SO. crowded. all the time.

[الدنيا = world, زحمة = a nice catch-all word for crowded-ness–not just for cars.]



  1. One of my favorites is in Jordanian Arabic, the word for traffic is, melodramatically, أزمة.

    Oh, god, traffic. WE HAVE A CRISIS ON OUR HANDS, PEOPLE.

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