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Arabic Crossed Words - Faltaneh -

(Reem Khabbazy)

She smokes like a man and get home at midnight.
She does as she wants and doesn't care about others.
She is a dancer. She shows her body to the people.

Smart Bitch? There are a lot of non written words in Arabic language which people use in their daily life like aib (shame on you), dowara (party animal), and faltaneh. But faltaneh is used more for women and that reflects the misogyny of the society which allows men to do everything they want although women cannot do. This is control men over women. When men talk to many girls, he is a romantic person. But when women talk to boys they called her faltaneh.

What does faltaneh mean?

The verb is "falata" : escape

When you say the rope "falat' it means it escaped from your hand

Also when you say the affairs of a company are faltaneh, this means that nobody controls them. Workers do what they want such as coming late, leaving early, cheating and stealing.

In Egypt they said "saibeh" and it has the same meaning. Sometimes they called her "saya" when she spends all time outside home going from place to place without any respect to her parents' opinion.

In Syria "Faltaneh" is a popular "Amaie" speacking Arabic word that is called to the girl who does something not good according to the social values and habits.

Some people called faltaneh a girl who talks to boys; others said that this girl is faltaneh: "Look how many guys she talks to!". Finally, some of them consider girls, who go out with many boys, are very faltaneh.

What about girls who wear short clothes in Syria??

"This girl is faltaneh , she wears a very short dress, she wears nothing. If she were my sister, I would kill her". The others comments: maybe she doesn't have money.

Neither Syrians has textile, nor they have taste.

" Bint al faltaneh" means: the girl whose her mother is faltaneh. If all of above is true, then Cinderella would be very faltaneh !


Society views and how they look to the girl vary from person to person, and girls are still victimized. Either she is dubbed faltaneh or locks inside the bars of the house.

In my opinion there is no bad person. Every one has a good person inside. But we are different of how to behave ourselves. So girls should do what they love and be appreciated even if it is against her society’s view.

Visitors Comments          Number of Comments (8)
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fascinating
captain america            6/26/2012 5:46:29 AM
Yes, the west is free. "Woman in the U.S.A" is obviously shilling for a specific type of arab/islamic oppression that does exist within the arab communities in the US. Democracy DOES exist. The "arab spring" was a lie and nothing but a vacuum that allowed the violent, murderous islamists take power. It's truly ironic that any hope for a semblance of freedom for the egyptian people is held by the military and their attempts to keep the Muslim Brotherhood from turning Egypt into another Iran. Freedom and free societies DO EXIST. No, they're not perfect, but free speech, freedom to assemble, personal property and protection of a person's unalienable rights are protected there. Anyone who says otherwise is either ignorant or has an agenda that includes oppressing you .
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A kind God
Maryam            2/11/2012 11:27:02 PM
Noticed how critical people are of others who are different?West is democratic,it means voice of the people,&they can voice their opinion without being killed.Try to voice your opinion on Press TV or Russian against their governments.Women should have same rights as men.God is our only judge,our actions and words are for HIM,not others.If you are not hurting another person, then its no ones business what path you choose.Most people in the world are good people,even those without religion.Most of us choose paths which are caring& not full of hatred for others just because they are different.Be kind,use dialogue,respect each other. God will be happy with those humans&forgiving as well, for he is kind.Many religious who order hurtful fatwahs are not religious or servents to a KIND GOD.God is in our conscience,but so is Satan,& people twisting Gods words to serve themselves,well,we the people dont believe you anymore unless your words are on the peaceful,kind path.
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your point.
John            1/25/2012 8:17:55 AM
I think there is a point in there somewhere, but it seems rather hard for you to get it across. You really need to work on your English.
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Woman in the USA.
bluesqid            11/27/2011 10:19:18 AM
In the West freedom for woman is just an illusion.
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do what you want
I Italo            11/7/2011 9:44:49 PM
I am in the Free West and to say that a woman should do what she wants is an idiot remark. Men should also do not do what they want. Individual freedom is not necessarely good for society. Arab Spring, what a Joke. Womens Lib comes from the US where women are free to consume in a society which is clearly not a democracy. Women should be free in their Womanhood.
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Individuals
Des            3/22/2011 2:30:49 PM
People are INDIVIDUALS. In being so their life is their own and as long as they hurt no one else; their life is theirs to do with as they please.
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so
faltenh            7/21/2010 5:10:33 PM
based on your article, would you be considered faltaneh?
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meaning
Omar            5/19/2010 10:44:13 AM
faltaneh means Loose not escape ... F.Y.I. Regards
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