[Ads-l] Shufti/Shufti kush and 'Soldiers' Arabic'

Martin Purdy 00000bd8cf391c5b-dmarc-request at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Sat Nov 9 22:34:25 UTC 2019

Sorry for reviving an ancient thread but it was a search for references to the above that first led me to an archive of postings from this group.
In one of the older messages a contributor questioned the concept of 'soldiers' Arabic', and I thought I could maybe add my own two piastres' worth even at this late stage: an uncle who served with the British forces in North Africa in WW2 gave me his own understanding of "shufti" about 30 years ago.  While I'd previously been familiar with "shufti" as a noun in English ("let's have a shufti", for example, with regard to any object), he said the full expression as he learned it was "shufti kush", which in his words translated as "show me your private parts".  This seems to tally with what others have said, and like other contributors I've had difficulty tracing the word "kush" in any of the Arabic references at my disposal.

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