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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.”