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My favorite Moroccan Arabic word is سميتو or /smee-too/. It's a stand-in, a "that thing" or "whatchamacallit," that you use as you search for what you are looking to say.

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“‘It’s like I’m an oyster. I’ve had this sharp speck inside me for a long time, and I’ve been trying to make it more comfortable, so slowly I’ve turned it into a pearl. But now it’s finally being taken out, and just as it’s going I’m realizing there’s a gap being left behind, you know, a dent in my belly where it used to sit. And so I kind of want to hold on to it for a little longer.” (p.51, The Reluctant Fundamentalist)

“‘It’s like I’m an oyster. I’ve had this sharp speck inside me for a long time, and I’ve been trying to make it more comfortable, so slowly I’ve turned it into a pearl. But now it’s finally being taken out, and just as it’s going I’m realizing there’s a gap being left behind, you know, a dent in my belly where it used to sit. And so I kind of want to hold on to it for a little longer.” (p.51, The Reluctant Fundamentalist)

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