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A Blog from Amman, Jordan, Online Since 2004.

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The Peculiarities of Language: ما تنكسني

Update: My brain totally punked me. Seems the connection between Arabic “Nakas (نَكَّسَ : فعل)” and English “Nix” is nonexistent. Pretty cool that the word means the same thing in three completely different languages!

I’ve been subconsciously wondering for a while if the word “Nix” (put an end to; “he nixed the deal just before it was to be signed”) comes from the shady presidency of Richard Nixon. My subconsciousness thought it must come from Nixon, because how other than politics would such a difficult English word make it into Jordanian vernacular?

Let me explain.

“Nakis” (literally, “to nix”) in Jordanian has a similar meaning to “Nix” in English. I am assuming it is unique to Jordan, but I honestly have no idea if other countries in the Levant use the word, too. A quick Google search looks super Jordanian:

Unfortunately for my curiousity, “Nix” is much older than Richard Nixon. It actually comes from from German nix, dialectal variant of nichts “nothing,” from Middle High German nihtes, from genitive of niht, nit “nothing,” from Old High German niwiht, from ni, ne “no” (see un- (1)) + wiht “thing, creature” (compare naught).

That means that “Nakes” somehow made it to our vernacular in a much more random way.

Any theories?

Intermission: Kale

Let’s take a small intermission from this hiatus to all meditate together on how kale (in all its foreign, hyped-up, “superfood” non-glory) is the same food as delicious, hard-to-find, celebration-worthy and definitely glorious لخنة نابلسية.

Proves over and over again that the Levantine kitchen is among the best kitchens in the world. Where the hell else would something as gross-tasting as raw kale be transformed into the most delectable dish?

Old, Beautiful Pictures of Signage in Amman

Take a look at this beautiful post celebrating Amman’s handlettered store fronts before the curse of Photoshop on Hussein Alazaat’s blog.

Red Bull Sound Clash Jordan is Back!

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We’re back for another round of Red Bull SoundClash in Jordan.

Last time this event took place was back in 2014, and oh boy, was it a night to remember! El Morabba3 and Autostrad rocked both stages like nobody’s business.
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The Democratization of Amman Design Week’s Logo

Design is for Everyone!

Inspired by the multitude of local talent in graphic design, Amman Design Week’s branding team has crafted a logo that encourages the participation of everyone.

The talented brand duo from ‘Eyen’, Omar Al-Zo’bi and Yousef Abedrabbo, created the framework for a logo capable of engaging a number of designers around the city, inviting them to reimagine the brand by adding their personal touch.

The Amman Design Week logo begins with one’s earliest interactions with design; the modular. The team began by dissecting the Arabic word for ‘Amman’, and created the basis of the logo by abstracting the letter-forms that make up the word. The resulting four blocks represent each of the respective letters and make up the core shapes that act as a canvas for imagination and as grounds for self-expression.

Given only 48 hours, graphic designers and design students around the city were invited to include their different scripts of ‘Amman’ in the logo, each using the style they felt best represented the city and Amman Design Week. A rich body of works was produced, from which a final four variations were selected:

Dina Fawakhiri’s script reflects the funny contradictions that define Amman; the predictable uniform beige houses and the random trees in unexpected places, the super serious faces that make the best memes, and all the rules that are never followed.

Lutfi Zayed’s work is the embodiment of the fluidity he finds in the city.

Hussein Alazaat’s option demonstrates the energetic city that always surprises you; a young and funky city that is a hub for many disconnected elements, coming together to form what we know as Amman.

Diala Hamdallah adopts the Diwani script; an age-old classic that is unassuming. She finds that it resembles Amman in it being traditional but dynamic, and unembellished yet beautiful.

The contemporary approach of juxtaposing the modern geometry of the shapes with romanticized calligraphy has been adopted for the main logo iteration for Amman Design Week.

Find out more by visiting www.AmmanDesignWeek.com

The Jordanian Royal Guard at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo

So cool.

How to Fall in Love with Turkey Sandwiches

At the ripe old age of 30, I had my first turkey sandwich.

It was late at night. I was starving. There was a ready-made turkey sandwich in the fridge, and allergies be damned. Amazingly, nothing happened.

Since that fateful night, I’ve become obsessed with smoked turkey. I eat it almost every day. I love trying it with as many condiments as possible, from ranch to horseradish to dill mustard. I keep sampling the different brands too – my favorite is a brand called Salamah that was recommended by our neighborhood-deli guy, but it’s really expensive, so I keep trying different brands to find a cheaper one that tastes as good. I’m also really excited to try all the stuff I’ve never had the chance to taste in my life: turkey pizza, a real club sandwich, turkey sausages.

Maybe one day soon I’ll even brave eating a real turkey.

Turkey recommendations, anyone?

Previously:
Being Allergic to Chicken
Discovering that my Chicken Allergy is Gone
This Was the First Bite of Chicken in My Life
Second and third experience with chicken… good and not so good
I successfully ate half a smoked turkey sandwich

The History of Urbanization

Nothingness. The cradle of civilization. The equator. Europe. Modernity.

Pretty crazy.

Cars with Highest Cost of Maintenance

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File under useful information. I’ve had my Mitsubishi since 2004 and it is an absolute dream.

Gawker Media

Just a vent: I’m unreasonably worried about Gawker Media. Gizmodo, Lifehacker, io9, and Jezebel are among my favorite things in the world, and I can’t imagine a world where I can’t get my daily fix of useful-to-know from them.
Let’s see how this turns out!

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