Secret language of Iranian showmen. Zabān-lutari or lutar motrebi was an argot spoken by traders amongst themselves and by traditional Iranian showmen so that information would not be revealed (see Secrecy). Lutar motrebi was usual among the motrebs (players, singers, and performers) of takht-e hozi (“planks over the pool”, also called ruhowzi “over the pool”, improvised comedy) and kheimeh shab bazi (string puppet show, also known as Shah Salim bazi or Shah Salim play). In this secret language sometimes the letters of a word are reversed and words that make a rhythm are repeatedly used.

(See Iran.)


  • Azimpour, Poupak. Iranian Ritual and Traditional Puppets and Puppet Shows Dictionary. Tehran, Iran: Namayesh Publications, 2010.