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Category Archives: Languages

Arabic words in English

From Arabic words in English here, I found a few surprises and some I already knew. I wonder if the origins of a few of the words below are contested … Continue reading

16 February, 2007 · 15 Comments

Channel surfing on Middle East TV

Its always a curious, interesting experience watching foreign language TV without subtitles. You can learn and discern a lot culturally, even without fully understanding the dialogue. At my parent’s place … Continue reading

15 December, 2006 · 15 Comments

You are what you speak

Since I am mostly tri-lingual — English, Arabic and gibberish ;) –I am very interested in the psycho- and socio-linguistics of the notion that we view the world differently according … Continue reading

28 October, 2006 · Leave a comment

Talking to the neighbours: It’s time Israel embraced the Mideast

Pretty sensible and innovative to me – I think this Israeli is a visionary of sorts. Having Arabic on the Israeli school curriculum and valuing Arab culture would do wonders … Continue reading

2 September, 2006 · Leave a comment

Timely Reminders

"Those who crusade, not for God in themselves, but against the devil in others, never succeed in making the world better, but leave it either as it was, or sometimes perceptibly worse than what it was, before the crusade began. By thinking primarily of evil we tend, however excellent our intentions, to create occasions for evil to manifest itself."
-- Aldous Huxley

"The only war that matters is the war against the imagination. All others are subsumed by it."
-- Diane DiPrima, "Rant", from Pieces of a Song.

"It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there"
-- William Carlos Williams, "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower"