tuque /tūk/ n Canadian English, var. toque [19th c. Canadian French, from the French toque, from the Basque tauka] 1 A close-fitting knitted cap, often with a long tapering end or tassel or pompom. 2 fig Something quintessentially Canadian.
souq /sūk/ n from the Arabic سوق var. souk 1 An open-air marketplace. 2 fig A central meeting place for the circulation of news and ideas.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

What could 20 million Egyptians do?

We're not sure, but whatever it is, there would be 55 million Egyptians left over to watch them.

Making the rounds in the massive Egyptian blogosphere is pride in and praise for this tear-jerking feel-good commercial by the Egyptian telecom giant Mobinil.

In translation, here's what 20 million Egyptians* could do:
Build a thousand pyramids,
Clean up the streets of Cairo in minutes,
Make each others day by smiling,
Help make the world a better place.

So according to Mobinil, Egypt's most pressing needs are more pyramids, cleaner streets, and more grins. And we thought it was more taxis.

* We gather 20 million is the number of Mobinil subscribers in Egypt, and not that Mobinil is proposing to expel the other 55 million Egyptians.

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