timing is everything: further adventures in Arabic
Posted by adiamondinsunlight on April 12, 2007
This morning at the gym I over-heard one of my fellow work-out bunnies tell her friend that she would join her on the treadmill in “rub3a sa3a” or, as she then added in English, “twenty minutes”.
What? I thought, interrupting a daydream. Did she really just say that?
Rub3a sa3a is a quarter hour – 15 minutes, not 20.
Just as my favorite expression “two minutes” means something more like 10, a quarter hour here also receives a more generous allotment of minutes.
Timing is everything – and here, timing is flexible. I like it :-).