Tag: arabic (last 300)

Muqabla, muqabla

(NewSci) ‘Alice in Wonderland’ was also a parody of modern mathematics. Carroll’s day job was Oxford math prof, and Arabic’s ‘al jebr e al mokabla’ describes Alice’s shrinking and growing.

Foreign languages are scary

(Philly) The TSA will detain you if you’re carrying flash cards for learning Arabic. Agent: ‘Do you know what language bin Laden spoke?’ [Does she know what language the Unabomber spoke?]
Previously: arabic, tsa

Shukran, shukriya, thank you

(Vid) In Cairo, Obama said ‘shukran’ and pronounced ‘Muslim’ correctly. Reiterated AfPak policy. Transcript: [via]
Previously: barack obama, egypt, arabic

Greek to me

(Strangemaps) Arabic speakers’ expression for an untelligible language, like ‘it’s all Greek to me,’ uses Hindi. [Hindi speakers’ is Tamil.]
Previously: arabic, hindi

$240K settlement for Arabic tee

(Wired) The TSA and JetBlue are paying a $240K settlement to a man asked to sit in the back of a plane and change out of a t-shirt with Arabic writing on it. (ht: Kerim)
Previously: airlines, arabic

Arabic in the WSJ

(WSJ) That conservative bastion the Wall St. Journal uses the word ‘kismet’ (fate) in a story about white-bread Indiana pol Evan Bayh. ‘Backers see kismet in that Birch Bayh’s slogan in 1976 was Change We Can Believe In.’