All Dialects: تسبيع

Discussion in 'العربية (Arabic)' started by Schem, Jul 26, 2014.

  1. Schem

    Schem Senior Member

    Najdi Arabic
    Hello everyone,

    تسبيع (pronounced tasbee3) is the local word we use in my region to refer to the action of dish washing. I believe it's common in Najd and have also heard it used on Kuwaiti soap operas but would like to know the word's extent beyond that. Is the word used in your region? If so, how common is it in relation to تغسيل صحون/مواعين?

    Much appreciated
  2. Hemza

    Hemza Senior Member

    Paris, France
    French, Mor/Hijz Arabic (heritage)
    Sorry to not reply directly to your question but in Morocco, we use "مواعين" (pronounced "maw3an", don't know why :D). I never heard about "تسبيع", we use "غسل المواعين" :).
  3. لنـا

    لنـا Senior Member

    Palestinian Arabic, Hebrew
    It's common in palestine too, but غسل and تسبيع aren't the same, غسل is simply to wash, but تسبيع is to wash seven times! (Or three) according to sunna.
  4. barkoosh Senior Member

    In Lebanon we use جلي for dish-washing. تسبيع means "making something seven times".
  5. HBZ55 Senior Member

    Arabic - Tunisia
    In Tunisia we say "ghsal elma3oon".
  6. Haroon

    Haroon Senior Member

    C A I R O
    in some areas of Egypt also, Cairo and some parts of Upper Egypt at least.
  7. tounsi51 Senior Member

    Yes ma3oun or lome3en
  8. Schem

    Schem Senior Member

    Najdi Arabic
    Thanks everyone for your responses.

    For those inquiring about ma3oun ماعون (pl. مواعين mawa3iin in my region), it's a common word used across the Arab world that's well-attested even in the Koran. It's not what the thread is about, though, so I'd appreciate it if you guys keep the side discussions to private messaging/another thread. :)

    Interestingly enough, we have both مجلى (kitchen sink) and جلاية (another word for dishwashing machine) but we don't use the verb itself. تسبيع seems to have developed out of washing something seven times to washing dishes even if only once.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2014

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