The "A" word


My granma used to say this word “ayibdi” – shameful.

She would use it if we talked loudly, asked innapropriate questions or get into school fights. “Ayibdi” was an important part of her personality, hence, identity. Frankly, this scary word is a part of every Azerbaijani.

Married women should not stay out late, wear mini skirts, have male friends or talk about their sex lives even to their husbands. Girls should not chat to neighbor guys, talk late on the phone or let male colleagues give them a lift. “Ayibdi”. Although there are much less limitations for men, the “A” word still has strong influence on them.

“Ayibdi” is a moral limit, a code of society rules which u can not cross in order to be a good respected citizen.

So, the only thing that bothers me nowadays is the immorality we came to by keeping up this code. We care about insignificant things limiting freedoms of our children and forget about what is really important.

Do we respect ourselves for accepting bribes? For detaining innocents? For screwing our own country? For being a part of the destructive system? For keeping silence?

Why isn’t this “ayib”?

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    • Onnik Krikorian
    • May 13th, 2009

    LOL! Wonderful post, and not least because we have the same thing here as well. Ironically, it too begins with an “A” as well…

    http://lifearoundme.wordpress.com/2006/02/16/amota-shameful/

    • Fatalin
    • May 13th, 2009

    Arabian influence 🙂

    • scaryazeri
    • May 13th, 2009

    Beautiful. And Onnik, thanks for the other link, that was fun.

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