names in alexandria are… eccentric.Jun 15, 2010 · 1 minute read · Comments
place names in alexandria are eccentric to say the least. many places here have names that are not arabic in any way possible. here are some examples:
abou quer - you can see this famous and large road on the map in the previous post. because egyptian slang has the qaf switched with a hamza, it ends up being pronounced as “abou ear” - the only arabic part about that is the “abou” (father of).
san stefano - an area with one of the largest malls in Alexandria.
kirosez mall - pronounced kiro-sees.
assid - pronounced as “acid.”
speaking of abou quer, it was named after a good guy, abou quer, who had an evil brother, abou seer. abou seer killed abou quer and dragged him from one side of alexandria to the next, and hence they named the road abou quer. go figure.
i guess i can’t really complain, as egypt as a whole (outside of cairo and alexandria) has even more eccentric names (come on, seriously, who on earth names an egyptian city “zefta,” especially given its connotation in slang egyptian!?)