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The Important Messenger

In most ways, my husband, Adventure Man, is a very kind man. He is a big-picture kind of guy. Most of us attend to the details, but he is good at seeing how to get from A to Z, even when everyone else is saying it isn’t possible. I love that about him – most of the time he can see possibilities.

He is VERY unkind about my Arabic.

For example, I would be telling him how we learned such and such in Arabic, and he will interrupt me and correct my pronunciation.

So I would go back to my teacher and say “Adventure Man says we are supposed to say it like this!” and she would laugh and say “oh those Lebanese men say it that way but we Qatteris say it like this.”

So when he would correct me, not being as submissive as I ought to be, I would say “Oh you Lebanese men say it like that” (but he is not Lebanese) “but we Qatteri’s say it like this.” (I am not Qatteri) and I could make him fall out of his chair laughing.

But he really hurt my feelings. I was telling him about my problems on the road and how this “important man” who must have been in a big hurry was driving so rudely and he started laughing at me which totally annoyed me.

“What is so funny?” I demanded.

“I think you mean ‘rajul muuhim'” he gasped out, between spasms of laughter.

“That’s exactly what I meant and that is what I said!”

“No, you keep talking about some rude ‘important messenger'” he croaked, and rolled over on the floor because he is laughing so hard he can’t stand up.

Razool sounds a lot like rajool to me . . .

Adventure Man is SO rude. He thinks he is so rajul muhim!

April 5, 2007 - Posted by | Adventure, Communication, Cross Cultural, Doha, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Humor, Language, Living Conditions, Marriage, Middle East, Relationships


  1. Well, the White Rabbit was a rajul who considered himself a rasul mohimm … :-).

    Anyway the khalo’s accent isn’t Lebanese at all – its much more Egyptian!

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | April 5, 2007 | Reply

  2. ok am confused, is your husband lebanese, and why are you in Qatar?

    Comment by purgatory | April 5, 2007 | Reply

    i loved this post!
    Ur so cute!

    Comment by Delicately Realistic | April 5, 2007 | Reply

  4. Little Diamond – AM would be crushed. The THINKS he speaks like a Lebanese!

    Purg – Sweetie, I have noticed you are often confused. I am not in Qatar. My husband is not Lebanese. My neice, who lives in Beirut, is not really Lebanese, either, although she speaks Arabic so sweetly that you would think she is Lebanese. So . . . where are YOU?

    Delicate – Music to my ears!

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 5, 2007 | Reply

  5. Does that adorable AM ever make you want to clench your teeth? Hmmmm? Mine sure does!
    Love, Kitkat

    Comment by Kitkat | April 5, 2007 | Reply

  6. The CIA does not know where I am šŸ™‚ wohoo!

    Comment by purgatory | April 6, 2007 | Reply

  7. LOL, don’t listen to him about the accent but I think u should about the words lol

    But most men think they are gifts from God so I guess rajul and rasool to them are the same šŸ™‚

    Comment by Elijah | April 6, 2007 | Reply

  8. Oh sweet heart! I get it all the time from my husband when I try to talk Greek! I know how it feels, but I don’t think they really mean to hurt our feelings! šŸ˜‰

    Comment by noracassandra | April 6, 2007 | Reply

  9. KitKat – you read about the mouth guard?

    Purg – you wish!

    Elijah – laughing! Too true!

    Noracassandra – you are right! They are “helping!”

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 7, 2007 | Reply

  10. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL ooh habeebty Im so sorry but thats just hilarious!

    sorry sorry enough I’ll stop laughing!

    Comment by 1001 Nights | April 7, 2007 | Reply

  11. LOOOL He thinks he is so rajul Muhim!! LOOOOOOOOL so cute i cant get over it LOOOL

    Comment by 1001 Nights | April 7, 2007 | Reply

  12. 1001 – You think it is so hilarious, at MY expense?????

    (Sigh) – ’tis true, marry a man with a good sense of humor!

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 7, 2007 | Reply

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