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Melantrys’ Page » Blog Archive » Of Turks, Arabs, Muslims and ham

Of Turks, Arabs, Muslims and ham


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Don’t you all think it has been too long since the last anecdote from work? Yeah, me too.

Have two.

Last week this tall Syrian dude came into the store with a young man I didn’t know.
M. and my Turkish colleague A. were working in the isle right behind the entrance.
Shortly after the two men had entered I heard M. exclaim that Egypt was a place she definitely had to go to on holiday one day. Later questions posed to A. confirmed my assumption that this was due to the men mentioning that the new dude was from Egypt.

A while later M. came over and informed me that there were two “fellow-countrymen” of A.’s in the store, and that one was having two vouchers from the social welfare office, and asked me technical questions about how I was going to ring that up.
She also told me that the new dude spoke hardly any German at all and that he sure was glad for A. being there and merrily chatting to him and the other dude.

“Urrrr, M., are you sure the two guys aren’t talking Arabic amongst themselves?”
“Well, how would I know the difference?!”

Well… How shall I put it…? Logical thinking?

For one thing, our colleague is Turkish. That the one regular customer is Syrian is not common knowledge, granted, but the new guy did say he was from Egypt.
Which language do the people speak there….? :think:
Furthermore, the later questioning of A. revealed that apart from an “As-salaam alaykum” / “Alaykum salaam” (or - I suspect - “As-salaam alaykum” (Arabic) / “Alayküm salaam” (Turkified pronunciation)) at the beginning the rest of the merry chat was conducted in German (between A. and the Syrian guy) and a bit of Arabic (between the Syrian and the Egyptian guy) of course.

Still, I can’t help but imagine them babbling incomprehensible stuff in Arabic and Turkish respectively at each other… :rofl:

.

Yesterday we could give away ham that was a good week past its sell-by date. :sick:

Anyway, as I was about to throw the “for free due to sell by date” sign into the box and place it in front of the noses of our customers, M. exclaimed:
“Wait! A. and me want some too!”
“A. does not want any ham.”
“Of course he’ll want some”
*picks up ham*
“Ingredients: pork….”
*confused look*
“Well, A. does eat pork.”

“No, A. certainly does not eat pork.”
“What does he eat then?!”
“Beef, sheep, fowl…”
(*customer who wandered in on conversation quietly smirks*)

*wonders if M. will decline all food except salad at the next bbq A. throws for all colleagues*

22 Responses to “Of Turks, Arabs, Muslims and ham”

  1. nastyKitten Says:

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWP-AsG5DRk

    scnr… :D

  2. nastyKitten Says:

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    What I wanted to say with my last comment was: It isn’t enough when you talk like an Egyptian, you’ve also got to walk like an Egyptian, bwahaahaaa.

    Yes, my brain does hurt. Thank you for asking.

  3. Melantrys Says:

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    What I want to say is…. this live vid sucks.

    I think I already said that, Lelly, didn’t I, when you sent me the link a few weeks ago? ;)

    Btw, the guy was at the store this evening without anyone accompanying him.
    I wonder why I didn’t call A. to help translate, and instead chose simple, short sentences and waved a bottle label under his nose to bring across some point. ;)

    Yes, we all know that your brain hurts; that’s why we don’t even need to ask…

  4. Lynnette in Minnesota Says:

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    Hi Mel!

    :hello:

  5. Lynnette in Minnesota Says:

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    Rats! That smiley doesn’t work here.

    Forgot to preview. ( *whispers softly* But it’s not really entirely my fault, because the Post and Preview are reversed. :P )

  6. David Says:

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    I ate some wonderful black forest ham this evening. I sliced it into bacon sized strips, seasoned it with a bit of pepper and onion powder, and fried it until it was slightly crispy. Mmmmmm, delicious! :D

  7. pandora Says:

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    The quaility of that vid ain’t bad!
    Walk like ‘gyptiannnn…

    Amusin post Mel, not everyone has you encyclopedia knowledge of Camel dr- er, arabs and such. :D

  8. pandora Says:

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    Oh dear, I see the carnivourous spammers are out in force. Yes, be smug. Theres nth smug about heart disease ho ho ho :D

  9. Caesar of Pentra Says:

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    Veggies! *rolls eyes*
    Thanks god I haven’t met an Iraqi veggie! :D

  10. Lynnette in Minnesota Says:

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    :lol:

    Careful Caesar, Mel will convert you without you even knowing! Remember those dishes she cooked for you in Syria? :D :P

  11. Melantrys Says:

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    @ Lynnette:

    I’ll add a few new smileys soonish, but right now my brain is melting, so that will have to wait.

    And stop complaining! :annoyed:
    You wanted Preview, I got it for you. The plugin is the way it is, and I’m not gonna start messing with it. :eh:

    @ David: I was talking about ignorance and not ham, really, but never mind…. ;)

    (It is a crime to fry good Schwarzwälder Schinken though, you should be punished for that.)

    @ Pandora: Come on, love, that’s two things the most ignorant should be aware of:
    1. Egypt is not a province of Turkey.
    2. Muslims tend to not eat pork.

    Never mind David, he thinks a lot about food. :P

    @ Caesar & Lynnette:

    Indeed. If you keep mocking veganism, habibi, I’ll never cook for you again.

  12. attawie Says:

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    Hmmm

    Turkish guy can communicate with an Iraqi I guess, because a lot of Turkish words are still being used in Iraqi dialect. but still they are random words. but with an Egyptian! dunno. if both Muslims using classic Arabic, it’s possible.

    Hi Mel :)

  13. Caesar of Pentra Says:

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    Dear Bloggers,
    I’m glad to announce that I have published a new posting and I’d like to have look at it. *mummbles* Mel can comment o my postings… She’s not a Google fan….*mummbles*

  14. Lynnette in Minnesota Says:

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    Thank you, Mel. And I do appreciate it. :rose:

    I just stopped by Caesar. :)

  15. David Says:

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    Is Schwarzwälder Schinken German for Black Forest Ham? So, how do you recommend cooking it? Btw, the ham I have is precooked and ready to eat. I just like to cook it a bit more.

    I haven’t tasted a good summer sausage for a long time. Nor have I eaten a roast beef sandwich in a number of years. As a child, I really loved hamburgers and steaks. I haven’t had either for a long time either. I tried some buffalo a few years ago. The taste was very different from beef, but it was pretty good.

    I have been eating some semi-veggie pizza lately. It has various veggies (I buy different kinds of frozen pizza) and cheese, but no meat. I like to add chopped tomatoes and extra cheese. They taste really good. :)

  16. Melantrys Says:

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    @ Attawie: That Turk doesn’t know any Arabic. And that’s a known fact.

    @ Caesar: Oy, quit the spam! ;)

    @ Lynnette: You’d better….

    @ David: 8-| 8-| 8-| 8-| 8-| 8-| 8-| 8-| 8-| 8-|

    You don’t cook Schwarzwälder Schinken!
    You slice it and put it on some bread.
    And then you eat it.
    Or you can skip the part with the bread and just nibble on a slice or two.

  17. David Says:

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    The ham in your picture looks much more delicious than the ham (more like a tasty spiral sliced ham) that I buy from the WalMart Corporation! Maybe if I had some authentic German Black Forest Ham I wouldn’t feel the need to cook it or season it more. That sandwich looks really good too! :)

  18. 13 Says:

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    “Egypt is not a province of Turkey”

    its NOT? Well whaddayaknow!

    lemme go check the comment David left on my blog :)

  19. nastyKitten Says:

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    Schwarzwälder Schinken on a slice of bread… yummy…

    *gazes dreamily into space*

  20. Joan Says:

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    what wrong with you, you racist piece of shit

  21. Melantrys Says:

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    Oh, this is sweet. Falsely accusing ppl and also being so cowardly to leave an invalid email address.

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