Friday, April 20, 2012
My taxi from Jericho dropped someone off in Qalandia refugee camp, and as we got squeezed into a market place, the driver goes "badain tishtari bandura ya haje," which made me laugh before I even translated it in my head. "Buy your tomatoes later, old woman!" Though "haje" can't really be translated into English, we don't have that kind of word for addressing the elderly. You can use it when you're exasperated, but it's still a sign of respect.