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  •  Well, OK, not COMPLETELY different (1+ / 0-)
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    but still .... the spoken languages are so similar.

    A question .... the Arabic word daaween (sp?) is used in Hebrew.  I understand it, I think, but what is it in English?

    I heard it in a song, lyrics (translated)

    My girlfriend wants to go to Paris, we can't afford to go to Haifa, what's with the her da'aween?

    •  I can't figure out which word you're saying. (2+ / 0-)
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      plf515, mayim

      Can you spell it out in Hebrew?

      So you think you can love me and leave me to die?

      by unspeakable on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 02:59:46 PM PST

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      •  I found this (1+ / 0-)
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        DAAWEEN - דאווין

        Retro synonym of AWANTA, above. As in the song, 'What is your daaween?'

        at this site

        and they are even nice enough to give an English translation -

        Retro reference: Noun denoting pretentiousness, hyper self-esteem.

        So, I guess google answered it.  

        I'm pretty sure it started as an Arabic word.

        •  OK, (2+ / 0-)
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          plf515, mayim

          I had never come across that word before so I called my mom. It "awanta" (with a teth not a tav) is indeed an Arabic word, and it means the same thing in Arabic as it does in Hebrew. Sometimes, you can add a /-ji/ at the end, which is a suffix borrowed from Turkish, and in this instance, is used to emphasized a person's "awanta-ness."

          I don't know where "daaween" comes from and I have no idea what a retro-synonym is, though.

          So you think you can love me and leave me to die?

          by unspeakable on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 03:24:58 PM PST

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