Thursday, October 1, 2009


We are quickly finding way to swear without really swearing. The Darija (Moroccan Arabic) word for on is "fuq". That "q" is pronounced as a "k". The word for wake up is "faq". Well the two are different, but barely. In an effort to get us to hear the difference Lahcen, our language teacher, yelled "faq" much louder than necessary. Just say it out loud to yourself right now. Then you will be in the position I was in earlier today when I had to keep my snickering under control in class. I've basically thought about it all day, whenever I need a laugh. So now if we really feel the need to use the English F--- word, we just say "wake up" in Darija! We're not really swearing, right?