Friday, September 08, 2006

english from arabic

sorting through mounds of paper in the masses of boxes that travel with me from job to job, i came upon an informational handout from the council on islamic education. some arabic words that are the origin of familiar english ones:

al-jabr
amir al-rahl
zirafah
naranj
sifr
trafiq
&
banana.

o, of course, excuse me:

algebra
admiral
giraffe
orange
zero
traffic
&
banana.

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