Wednesday 19 January 2011

Pits fucking pits

This morning I unleashed a couple of Arabic phrases on Abu Wasfi, learnt last night in the dig house –

‘Fee MishMish’ (In the Time of the Apricots’) which roughly equates to ‘When Pigs Might Fly’. ‘MishMish’ (apricots) are apparently never grown in the Middle East for climatic reasons. So if you say to people ‘Fee MishMish’ it means ‘yeah, like THAT will ever happen’.

A phrase pronounced as ‘Tickle half of ya’ – easy to remember for that reason, meaning ‘God Bless Your Work’.

Today I also learned that when saying ‘I would like a trowel’ to a workmen you say ‘BidEE monkoosh’ rather than ‘Bidet monkoosh’.

My day was spent excavating a pit. Pits, which were Bronze Age disposal solutions for bones, burials, rubbish etc are a constant source of irritation to archaeologists as they have to be dug out (when located) before further work can commence. Hence, the technical term for pits is apparently ‘pits fucking pits’


~ by margoforte12 on January 29, 2011.

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