The Egyptian Arabic for Mongoose??

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The Egyptian Arabic for Mongoose??

Post by El Malik » Sat Dec 29, 2007 1:09 pm

Does anyone know the Egyptian Arabic name for a Mongoose?

I think we have one in the garden.
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Post by Goddess » Sat Dec 29, 2007 2:05 pm

Didn't even know that there were mongoose (mongeese?) here!

My dictionary doesn't even have it in - so no idea!!
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Post by El Malik » Sat Dec 29, 2007 3:04 pm

Never have a camera handy when they are close.
Bit like the Loch Ness monster.
Here is a picture taken today.

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Post by BBLUX » Sat Dec 29, 2007 3:26 pm

Not come up with an Arabic name for you yet but will ask our teacher tomorrow.

Here is a piece from TourEgypt showing a reference to the mongoose from Pharaonic times:

"While Wadjet was sometimes depicted as the lioness-headed goddess, she was often seen in the image of a mongoose, represented on the funeral urns of ancient Egypt. The mongoose was revered as her sacred animal. Along with the shrew mouse, they were mummified and entombed in statuettes of the goddess. It is believed that the mongoose, and the shrew mouse were representative of the day and night cycle. The mongoose representing daylight, and the nocturnal shrew mouse representing night."
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Post by Goddess » Sat Dec 29, 2007 3:30 pm

Sometimes I wonder what planet I live on - I don't know why - but I was expecting to see a picture of a big thing with antlers!!! :oops:

Never knew what a mongoose looked like!

Still have no idea what the Arabic name is though!
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Post by FABlux » Sat Dec 29, 2007 3:43 pm

Goddess wrote:Sometimes I wonder what planet I live on - I don't know why - but I was expecting to see a picture of a big thing with antlers!!! :oops:
I think that's a MOOSE (the NGO) makes all the difference :))) :)))

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Post by El Malik » Sat Dec 29, 2007 3:58 pm

Apparantly the plural can be Mongooses or Mongeese.
A group is called a Mongaggle.
When they mate they make a giggling noise.
So if you hear a giggling in the bushes, you know what it is.

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Post by FABlux » Sat Dec 29, 2007 4:01 pm

El Malik wrote:So if you hear a giggling in the bushes, you know what it is.
Well that's one explanation for it :oops: ;)

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Post by Goddess » Sat Dec 29, 2007 4:02 pm

FABlux wrote:
Goddess wrote:Sometimes I wonder what planet I live on - I don't know why - but I was expecting to see a picture of a big thing with antlers!!! :oops:
I think that's a MOOSE (the NGO) makes all the difference :))) :)))
Yes, Well....... Say no more!!! :oops:

Love the Mongaggle!!!

Used my PC dictionary - and it tells me it's "Al Nims" (I thought this was the name of a country!)

النمس
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Post by SoCalledEgyptologist » Sat Dec 29, 2007 5:26 pm

A nice trick I like to use if I need a translation for something - I look it up in wikipedia in the language i DO know, and then on the left hand side it has the links to the same article in other languages :) Helps if you need terminology to go with the word!

So here is the arabic site for mongoose - someone who can read arabic can tell me what it says :oops:

http://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D9%86%D9%85%D8%B3

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Post by SoCalledEgyptologist » Sat Dec 29, 2007 5:26 pm

P.S. That animal doesnt really look like the one in the photo above though! :?

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Post by Goddess » Sat Dec 29, 2007 5:44 pm

Never thought of using Wiki in foreign languages!!! What an ace idea!

The arabic says basically the same as the English - but with a lot less useless words - genus, carnivore and where it's found. And then it starts talking about it being common in Iraq blah blah blah.

But then I went back to wiki in English - and found this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_Mongoose

That picture is a bit rubbish too - but seems to look a bit more like the picture taken earlier - in that it's long and hairy!
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Post by SoCalledEgyptologist » Sat Dec 29, 2007 7:15 pm

There you go! Herpestes ichneumon - that should get you understood in Egypt!!! :P:P:P

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Post by El Malik » Sat Dec 29, 2007 7:43 pm

Thanks for the tip about using the foreign links in Wikipedia.

النمس (أو المنكوز

Transliteration gives el nims this is in our Arabic dictionary as a Mongoose.
The other word transliterated gives manKooz which is just Mongoose spelt out in Arabic skript.
There is probably a coloquial word for it in Egypt so it will be interesting if an Egyption with an interest in wildlife can give us the answer.

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Post by BBLUX » Sat Dec 29, 2007 8:52 pm

Some good detective work above :)
As I said earlier, I will ask our Arabic teacher tomorrow evening. She seems to know a great deal more than just language skills.
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