'''Masry''', '''Masri''' or '''Egyptian Arabic''' is spoken by more than 70 million persons in Egypt and other countries; it has ISO 639-2 and ISO 639-3 codes <code>arz</code>. Wikipedia Masry
is aiming at providing a general encyclopedia to speakers of this language in a similar familiar manner to how it is popularly written.
Masry developed from the merger of many languages used in Egypt over many centuries, including
but not limited to Egyptian, Coptic, Greek, Italian, Turkish, and Arabic.
Masry is different enough from standard Arabic to be considered a language of its own, with unique vocabulary and a different grammar. Masry is understood by many non-Egyptians making the benefits of having Wikipedia Masry extend beyond the suggested
number ,yet still benefit the readers , who use terms that relate to their day to day life , not to classical literature that is used by academics only.
The writing on wikipedia Masry is in Arabic alphabet , there is one page for [[مقالات بـاللاتينى|
article in masry using latin alphabet]]. This is for people who can speak Masry but can only write in Latin Alphabet.
Proposal for wikipedia Masri was put on 30 March 2008, and the project started on 2 April
2008. The proposal was approved in July 2008
, the URL started in November 2008.
==Rules of writing==
There is a page on [[ويكيبيديا:طريقة الكتابه|How to write on
wikipedia masri]] and for anyone who can read Egyptian Arabic it gives some guidelines on how to write.
way used in Cairo to write Masry is the most prestigious form to write Masry <ref>[http://www.omniglot.com/writing/arabic_egypt.htm Omniglot - writing systems and languages of the world]</ref> yet, discussion of these rules is always open and subject to the approval of the community any viable idea is welcomed , please feel free to put your opinion on [[ويكيبيديا:طريقة الكتابه|the related discussion page]].
A suggestion was made as early as 1948 to write Masry in Latin alphabet therefore , although not favoured by the majority, there are some articles written
in Masry using Latin alphabet.
The majority of articles are written using the modified Arabic alphabet mentioned in the
aforementioned page , yet writing in Latin alphabet is not forbidden by any means. The aim is to reach the best way to go forward and not to discourage any new editor.
''Once again welcome to Wikipedia Masry''