Baladi, literally “my country” in Egyptian colloquial Arabic, ironically is slang for an unsophisticated, provincial or village mentality, and is frequently used as a pejorative to describe the lower working class of Cairo, in many instances recent arrivals or people one generation removed from a family’s village of origin.

Baladi Chic: Cairo's New Comfort Food

Baladi, literally “my country” in Egyptian colloquial Arabic, ironically is slang for an unsophisticated, provincial or village mentality, and is frequently used as a pejorative to describe the lower working class of Cairo, in many instances recent arrivals or people one generation removed from a family’s village of origin.

صورة قديم لميدان التحرير من الأعلى. An aerial view of Tahrir Square in the late 1950's.

صورة قديم لميدان التحرير من الأعلى. An aerial view of Tahrir Square in the late 1950's.

Tahrir Square Last Month, Egypt

Tahrir Square Last Month, Egypt

This photo shows an ancient Egyptian monument in front of the burnt-out remains of the old NDP headquarters (The NDP were the party of Hosni Mubarak, ouste

To protect women in Cairo’s Tahrir Square from sexual harassment and assault, Egyptian men have begun forming human shields around the female protesters. (Suhaib Salem via buzzfeed.com)

Amazing Human Shield Forms Around Women Protesters In Tahrir Square

To protect women in Cairo’s Tahrir Square from sexual harassment and assault, Egyptian men have begun forming human shields around the female protesters. (Suhaib Salem via buzzfeed.com)

‘Obama supports terrorism’: Protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square continue to slam POTUS [pics]

‘Obama supports terrorism’: Protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square continue to slam POTUS [pics]

Thousands of Egyptians celebrate on in Cairo's Tahrir Square following the announcement that Muslim Brotherhood member Mohamed Morsi would be Egypt's next president.

Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi To Be Egypt's New President

Thousands of Egyptians celebrate on in Cairo's Tahrir Square following the announcement that Muslim Brotherhood member Mohamed Morsi would be Egypt's next president.

Anti-government protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square in 2011

'This regime is more violent than Mubarak. There is no opposition now'

Anti-government protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square in 2011

Egyptian protesters attend an opposition rally in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. More than 100,000 people flocked to Cairo's central Tahrir square on Tuesday, chanting against Egypt's Islamist president in a powerful show of strength by the opposition demanding Mohammed Morsi revoke edicts granting himself near autocratic powers.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Egypt mass protests challenge Islamist president

Egyptian protesters attend an opposition rally in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. More than 100,000 people flocked to Cairo's central Tahrir square on Tuesday, chanting against Egypt's Islamist president in a powerful show of strength by the opposition demanding Mohammed Morsi revoke edicts granting himself near autocratic powers.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Tahrir Square. | 51 Reasons To Fall In Love With Egypt

Tahrir Square.

Tahrir Square. | 51 Reasons To Fall In Love With Egypt

Tahrir Square and the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, 1975. Egyptian postcard, photo and copyright reserved by Lehnert & Landrock, K. Lambelet & Co., Cairo.

Tahrir Square and the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, 1975. Egyptian postcard, photo and copyright reserved by Lehnert & Landrock, K. Lambelet & Co., Cairo.

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