Wehr Wednesdays #171

A new word or phrase from the Hans Wehr dictionary, every Wednesday.

زاد ضغثا على إبالة to make things worse

Root: ض-غ-ث

Page: 634*

Example: “!وَما زادَ ضِغثاً على إبّالةٍ أَنَّها نَسِيَتْ اِسمَهُ”

Translation: “and what made matters worse is that she forgot his name!”


  • ضِغث means “muddle” while إبّالة (which may also be spelt without the shadda: إبالة) means “bundle” or “bale”!

Revise all of the vocab from the series on Quizlet:

* The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, 4th Edition

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