December 1, 2004
Kamal Marashi asked: Why do we say, "Kheyli seh shod" ("Turned out very
bad"). Where does "seh" come from?
Urban legend from Fred
In the early 1970's in Tehran we learned from a man named Farrokh
Sayah that by repeatedly
dialing #3 on the old rotary phones, sooner or later
the lines would cross, and one could listen to other people's
conversation. Whether he was the first man to discover this phenomenon
or not, I don't know; however I know he was the first to
teach us this interesting naughty shebang. We would sit down and
dial #3 for awhile and as soon as the line crossed we would utter
the word "Seh Shod" meaning things got srewed up. As
a teenager I listened to many conversations myself and sometimes
I jumped into conversations and surprise the
heck out of them -- and had a load of fun. Farrokh now lives in
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