Archive for December 27, 2006
“U.S. Signals Backing for Ethiopian Incursion Into Somalia”. No. No way. I never knew. Never suspected it. (Also, notice that “friendly” invasions are always referred to as “incursions.”)
Marlin, an American correspondent in Beirut, sent me this note about Maronite Patriarch Sfayr and his ta’ marbutah pronunciations (see below): “I’ve asked people in the past about Sfeir’s ta marbutas, and heard two things: one, it’s typical of the local Kisrwani dialect, and two, it’s an influence of Syriac. When I retire, I will [...]
“Despite Pledge, Israel Approves New Settlement”. Abu Mazen (above) reacted to the news.
Please help us subjugate your co-religionists: “As US troops battle Islamic extremists abroad, the Pentagon and the armed forces are reaching out to Muslims at home. An underlying goal is to interest more Muslims in the military, which needs officers and troops who can speak Arabic and other relevant languages and understand the culture of [...]
I never liked the habit of calling sons by the name of the father (using Jr.). Lebanese (who love to emulate superficial Western habits) have acquired the habit–not common at all in the Arab world. So Emile Lahhud has Emile Jr., and the singer Mihlim Barakat has Milhim Jr. Not cute.