-------- "This is the time for action not only words, use your God given gifts to develop this country, dont be afraid to speak up, and feel PROUD THAT U R EGYPTIAN." -------- Mohaly, Feb 2011

Saturday, May 30, 2009

565) El 7okoma wel Gama3a !

For the first impression you may think that this is a political post about the government and el ekhwan, but actually it is about wives!
In short: 
1. Why do a significant number of Egyptian men when they talk about their wives, they say: El 7okoma or El Gama3a? 
2. Why don't they just say Meraty?!!!

back in cairo..


Shimaa Gamal said...

:) using "el 7okoma" to refer to the wife implies who's boss ... Usually men would use that word when it comes to breaking a rule. ya3ny khareg ma3 asdka2 el soo2 :) fa the word he's use to refer to his wife is el 7okoma

as for el gama3a, it isn't used that much these days, but I think it is related to 3asr el 7areem. ya3ny the same way no one would call a woman's name in the street ... haynado 3aliha be2sm ay ragel mn her family.
plus the word el gama3a, gives the feeling en fi nas keteer fi el biet, a woman and kids maybe ... no3 mn el 3ezwa we7na fi masr ne7eb el 3ezwa awy, or at least those who invented the term kano bey7booha :)))

Ola said...

First, 7amdel 3ala el salama:)
Second, as for the two terms I do really agree with Shaimaa in her explanation. A guy usually refers to his wife as 7okoma bema enaha mostabeda & most of the Egyptians have the same feeling about the real 7okoma:) Actually about all governments allover our history.
As for el gama3a, you won't find this term common except among people living in the country side or among those who have their origins from there!! but I don't think that a friend of you for example, refers to is wife as elgama3a!!

amina said...

shaimaa actually i hear many people using el gama3a specially our fathers'' generation.

amina said...

Ola based on what you say this means that egyptian men see their wife as unfair and corrupt as the government?!

Ola said...

well, they usually mean it :) but sometimes even those who don't have such feelings for they wives, they just say it b mabda2 "ra2i el gama3a" :D

Omar Rostom said...

you didnt answer the 2nd question bardo, why don't they just say Meraty! they are not saying her name here as well.

Omar Rostom said...

mohaly, u forgot "El set beta3ty!" as well. I guess it provokes women.

merhan said...

could any one tell me if he really hears such words in his circles? i really havenot heard them since i finished eltakleef

Shimaa Gamal said...

The word "El gama3a" isn't used as much. As Ola said only people from the country side sometimes use it. Actually even the new generations there are replacing the word with "el madam".

It is just a term that was replaced with something else, zay sa3eeda that was replaced with Saba7 el khier or mesa2 el khier and later with el salamo 3alikom ... etc

John said...

CAIRO – A 25-year-old Egyptian man cut off his own penis to spite his family after he was refused permission to marry a girl from a lower class family, police reported Sunday.
After unsuccessfully petitioning his father for two years to marry the girl, the man heated up a knife and sliced off his reproductive organ, said a police official.
The young man came from a prominent family in the southern Egyptian province of Qena, one of Egypt's poorest and most conservative areas that is also home to the famed ancient Egyptian ruins of Luxor.
The man was rushed to the hospital but doctors were unable to reattach the severed member, the official added citing the police report filed after the incident.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with the press, added that the man was still recovering in the hospital.
Traditionally, marriages in these conservative part of southern Egypt are between similar social classes and often within the same extended families — and are rarely for love.

MariannE_N said...

HILARIOUS ... I never thought of this before