You know you’re an Arab when…

This is one of those few forwards that are actually good. Thanks to my wife who forwarded it to me after she got it from a friend.

You know you’re an Arab when:

– Your mother yells at the top of her lungs to call you to dinner even if you’re in the next room.

– You arrive one or two hours late to a party and think it’s normal.

– You are standing next to the largest suitcases at the Airport.

– You talk for an hour at the front door when leaving someone’s house.

– You say bye 17 times on the phone.

– Your parents still scream at the top of their lungs when making long distance calls.

– Your relatives alone could populate a small city.

– You always say “open the light” instead of “turn the light on”.

– You’ve had a shoe thrown at you by your mother.


– When your parents meet strangers and talk for a few minutes, you discover they know one of your uncles back home.

– Your mother does everything for you if you are male.

– You do all the housework and cooking if you are female

– You refer to your dad’s friends as Amoo.

– You still came back home to live with your parents after you graduate.

– You have an endless supply of pistachios, dates, and pumpkin seeds. . .

– Your parents say you’re becoming westernized anytime you get into trouble.

– You curse at your teachers or strangers in Arabic.

– You have at least thirty cousins.

– You teach Westerners swearwords in your Arabic.

– Your parents want you to become a doctor or engineer.

– You use your forehead and eyebrows to point something out. . .

– Your parents drink 6 cups of tea a day.

– You can spot an Arab a mile away and they have spotted you because they keep staring.

– After a family meal, the women fight to the death over who should wash the dishes while the men sit on their behinds and discuss politics, waiting for their tea.

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