Tra­di­tional terms high­light Kuwait’s elec­tions’ sea­son

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT:

While vis­it­ing any ‘Maqar’ (head­quar­ter) for the 2016 Na­tional As­sem­bly hope­fuls, peo­ple, es­pe­cially non-Kuwaitis, might mis­take terms such as the lat­ter for alien lan­guage. So, when a head­quar­ter is ‘Yas­fer’ - it means that the place is so quiet and empty that one can hear the wind gust­ing right through it. Same thing with a ‘Recheech’ can­di­date - one who has a slim-to-none chance of win­ning a seat in par­lia­ment, or in other words a “weak” can­di­date. So, to put it in per­spec­tive; a ‘Recheech’ can­di­date would mostly have his/her ‘Maqar Yas­fer’. How­ever, these words from the Kuwaiti di­alect have many mean­ings that might some­times poke fun at the chances of can­di­dates to gain a seat at par­lia­ment or com­mend their strong cam­paign. The elec­tions are slated for Novem­ber 26. — KUNA

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