A Ferocious Urban Panther (poeticalpanther) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Egyptian Arabic

Good morning, I have a request for a little something from Egyptian culture, particularly (if there's someone here who knows the differences) that which would be appropriate for someone decently educated around the beginning of the 19th century.

The year is 1798, and I have a character living in Alexandria, an educated young man. I'd like for him to use an appropriate idiomatic expression meaning "don't judge a book by its cover".

I don't actually need it in Arabic, as such - the book on which I'm working is in English - just looking for something that might reflect someone rendering a saying from their own language into a new one, and wanting to get that little touch of verisimilitude.

Anyone have any suggestions that'd be culturally appropriate?
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