Tag Archives: cockroach


English: I went to your house and I was hungry, so I opened the refrigerator, and there were a bunch of roaches in there singing “We are the World, We are the Children.”
collected: Corona Plaza, Queens (04-30-2016)
origin: “I went to your house” jokes such as this one were common during Elementary school in the Bronx in the 1980s.


English: Why are you dancing like you’re killing roaches?
collected: Corona Plaza, Queens (04-30-2016)
origin: Something you say to someone who can’t dance. Originally heard this from his grandmother in Ecuador.


Arabic: خنفسه شافت عيالها على الحيط قالت ده لولى ملضم فى خيط
Khanfasa shafet ‘ayalha ‘ala al-hayt, qalet da luli mladdam fi khayt
English: Your mother is like a cockroach who saw her children on the wall but mistook them for beautiful pearls
collected: Riga, Latvia (08-01-2016)
origin: Egyptian insult joke, in Arabic. Usually said by grandmothers as a way to call someone ugly. The (very) literal translation is: “A beetle saw her kids on the wall and said pearls connected by a string.”