Thursday Thirteen banner was made by my good friend, Samulli.
I live in the Deira side of Dubai where the English language I hear is the “tweaked” version. Here’ what I hear on a daily basis:
1. Up and down – Not referring to jumping of any kind.
“How much is going to Mumbai, up and down?”
“Really? You got yours for 1,000 dhs only for up and down?”
No idea what that means? Give up? It means, round trip. Don’t be too hard on yourself. I didn’t have the slightest idea the first time I heard it!!
2. Expired – food, service validity and you might NOT guess, human beings.
A colleague told me: “My uncle has expired last night. ”
3. Do one thing – or two or three, as many as you like! You can hear this when someone is giving instructions on what to do.
“Do one thing, Ali Baba, pick up the mail at the post office and bring it here.” Oops, those were two things!
4. One Mr. xx – There is someone called Mr. xx.
“There is one Mr. Kamal in the accounts department, go meet him.”
5. Increment – “Did you have increment this year?” or “No, the company will not provide increment because of the recession.”
It means, salary increase.
6. Snaps – “Grace, can you take my snaps?”
“My snaps. I’ll come with a nice top (blouse) tomorrow so please bring your camera.”
7. Filipiniii– Pronounce, Fi-li-pi-niii, referring to Filipinos here in Dubai. I get this all the time: “Are you Filipiniii?”
8. Goggles– not the swimming gadget nor the search engine, heh. Goggles, dark ones, for the sun! Duh!
9. Pressurizing situation– I hear pressurinzing instead of “pressing” or “pressuring”.
“The client is constantly pressurizing us!” or “Please don’t keep pressurizing me, I am busy with other things!”
Oooh-kaay. Stop the pressurizing already!
10. Everything is “too much”– “Ah, summer. It’s too much hot!” or “What? 10 dirhams for this? it’s too much costly!”
Clearly. This is too much for my ears.
11. I have one doubt – doubt, question, confusion.
“Wait, I have one doubt, how to go to Karama?”
12. “Yeah”– the ultimate sentence ender in Dubai. Gotta love it. Not!
“I’ll call you tomorrow, yeah?”
“So you’ve been in Dubai for almost three years, yeah?”
13. xx Sir/xx Madam– the way the bosses or females are referred to. Here they don’t say Sir Elton John or Madam Tussauds (hehehe, can’t think of any better examples!) they say: Elton John Sir and Tussauds Madam.
This Thursday Thirteen is brought to you by Grace Madam. 🙂
If you missed the first part of What They’re Talkin, check out the post I did last year.