With the 30 June revolution came change. And with change, came new terms and expressions which weren’t as common to Egyptians before. In other cases, some common expressions just got new meanings.
Below is a compilation of some of the most remarkable terms and expressions in Egyptians’ current vocabulary with accurate definitions*.
Upper middle-class citizen who goes to Tahrir Square in his/her polo shirts or holding his/her Prada bag. He/she tends to sit outside the Arab League’s headquarters where he/she can rent uncomfortable, plastic chairs; EGP 10 to 20 per chair. His/her form of revolt involves applaud whenever a military jet flies over the square. Revolutionaries residing at the other side of Cairo have the option of revolting outside the Itehadiya Palace in Heliopolis.
The process of massing up in the squares to support the ruling regime against “violence and terrorism”.
Protester who holds yellow banners with the “R4bia” signs on them and chants against the army. Should he/she be armed, his/her categorisation rises one degree as he/she becomes a terrorist militia.
- Muslim Brotherhood:
A militant group stemming from a masonic international organisation, carrying out the United States and Qatari agendas in the Middle East. The group is responsible for everything bad Egypt has ever seen such as; the battle of the camels, the violence and breaking into police stations which took place on 28 January, 2011, former President Anwar Al-Sadat’s assassination and former President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s death. Evidence suggests the Brotherhood’s also responsible for the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
A term used to exclusively refer to anybody holding a police or military rank who dies while fighting terrorists. Should he die while shooting at unarmed terrorists, he remains a martyr. If it’s the unarmed terrorists who are killed, they are obviously still terrorists; never martyrs.
- Military coup:
A forcible takeover of power by the military against the general public’s approval.
example: cannot be provided since military coups do not exist in Egypt.
- Foreign agent:
An individual, Egyptian or foreigner, who addresses any minor mishaps by the security forces as “violations”, and/or writes about those minor mishaps in English.
A person who writes in Arabic for state-run newspapers or state-run magazines or prepares news to be broadcast on state- radio or state-television and is a member of the Press Syndicate. Material a journalist covers should include the terrorism of the Muslim Brotherhood and the martyrs of the security forces.
example: Ahmed Abu Deraa, who won the European Union’s Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press for his 2012 investigative article on human trafficking in Sinai, is NOT a journalist
A plan put forward by general commander of the armed forces Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi for the current transitional period which everybody acknowledges though few could define.
A convenient venue to hang out, sell assortments of products ranging from roasted corn to flags and Al-Sisi posters, grope and/or gang-rape women, and camp-out in the summer.
* This glossary will keep getting updated as long as new terms surface.