Dodo Says

Misused Words

Posted on: April 10, 2010

“Habiby”/”Habibty” “Alby” “3youny” “Habib alby” “Hayete” (all can be used to mean “my dear”)

“Babe” “Dear” “My love”

“Ma Chere” “Mon amour”

Those words are wonderful. Each and every one of them carries a deep meaning to show the person how much he/she means to you.

We love to hear those words, and it’s normal. We all love to be loved. I myself feel so happy to know that I am very special to someone. And I know you feel the same way too.

But it seems these words carry the opposite meaning these days. Why do we say them to those who we don’t care about?


At work, he addresses all his colleages/clients/everyone with those special words. “eh ya habib alby, kifak elyoum?” “shou ya 3youny, kif bse3dik?” But when a real friend or family member calls him, he answers the phone “eh na3am, kifna el youm?”

She’s at the beauty saloon, she calls her envious nieghbor: “layki mon amour, ana 3end el coiffure, 3endi brushing w manicure w pedicure w….; bas ken baddy es2alik shou 3endik hala2?”

I once sent a business e-mail to someone I have never met. The reply e-mail started with “Yes my dear…” (I know we usually start with Dear Mr. , but this one said “my dear”; how could I be “your dear” and you never saw my face or heard my voice?)

Or what about this girls: you go shopping, you enter this shop for the first time, you like a dress, try it on, then the salesperson says “wow ya habibty shou leb2elik”.

My main concern is that those wonderful words are misused. We hardly express them to those we care about. We say them to those who we envy, who we never met before, who have a simple touch in our lives; but not to those who need to hear it.

If I ever told you “my dear” or … you should know that you mean a lot to me!!!


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