Ilsienu taz-Zokkor!


Sugar

Maltese for sugar, originating from the Arab language. This is no wonder as the Arabs were masters of growing, refining, and cooking with sugar as early as the year circa 650. When the Crusaders took over Jerusalem in the year 1099, they learned more about sugar production and introduced the ingredient to their fellow Europeans.

While sugar is sweet, the word in Maltese can be used to express sarcasm like in the expression ‘Ilsienu taz-Zokkor’ (He has a sweet tongue) which is a sarcastic way of referring to someone who likes to banter and ridicule others with their comments. In English the expression would be ‘speaking with tongue in cheek’.

Ilsienu taz-Zokkor!