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Thread #46070   Message #682701
Posted By: HuwG
04-Apr-02 - 07:49 AM
Thread Name: Wartime Double-Entendre Songs
Subject: RE: Wartime Double-Entendre Songs
Jimlad, another verse referred to King Farouk's consort and went,

"Queen Faraida, Queen Faraida, all the boys would love to ride her..."

I haven't the details to hand, but the British version was full of pidgin-arabic phrases, such as "Stanishwiya" ("Wait a bit"), "Taalaheena" ("Come here") and so on.

Relations between the British troops in Egypt and the Egyptian population were never exactly cordial. A famous story concerned a Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) driver, whose lorry clashed bumpers (US = fenders) with an Egyptian Army staff car. When he filled out the report on the incident, the relevant part read,

" ... collided with a staff car, registration no ... , containing three wogs."

Even for those non-PC days, this was going too far. His officer exploded. "Do you realise", he shouted, "that one of the occupants of that staff car was his Majesty, King Farouk of Egypt ? Go away and write that report again!". The driver did. The amended report read,

" ... collided with a staff car, registration no ... , containing his Majesty, King Farouk of Egypt, and two other wogs."

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