Arabic in bite-sized parts (now with doses of JP & RU)

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Re: Arabic in bite-sized parts

Postby Zireael » Sun Nov 08, 2015 6:07 pm

Job search meant I had little time and my Maha notes aren't finished still :(

I'm back to digging around Ancient Egypt trivia. What is the first word on the plaque? here:
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I can't read it. Looks like ..qabrat but I don't know what that first letter is.
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Re: Arabic in bite-sized parts

Postby geoffw » Mon Nov 09, 2015 12:10 am

I'm pretty sure it's ..qabrat (cognate with Hebrew qever/qevrat, root q-b-r). Not sure what the beginning is. I would have expected "al-"...
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Re: Arabic in bite-sized parts

Postby Zireael » Mon Nov 09, 2015 12:43 pm

I'd have expected al, too. And you're right in that the second consonant is a ba not a jim.

According to a certain helpful someone at UniLang, the first letter is a mim. (It makes sense in hindsight, since Arabic nouns often begin with it)

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Maqbara مقبرة tomb, cemetery
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Re: Arabic in bite-sized parts

Postby Zireael » Wed Nov 11, 2015 3:04 pm

The mqbr consonants made me suspicious and sure enough, Wiktionary says English macabre > French macabre > Spanish macabra > Arabic maqbara (or its plural maqabir)
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Re: Arabic in bite-sized parts

Postby Zireael » Sun Nov 15, 2015 12:41 pm

A card with Arabic writing has been left among the tributes at Bataclan in Paris.

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Anyone can help me decipher the writing? It's covered in places by lamps and flowers. I can't even read the English at the bottom.
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Re: Arabic in bite-sized parts

Postby geoffw » Sun Nov 15, 2015 1:42 pm

I think it's French at the bottom. It looks like the word "foi" is there in the middle, and "ma religion" at the end.

EDIT: First line may be: ادين بدين الحب
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Re: Arabic in bite-sized parts

Postby Expugnator » Sun Nov 15, 2015 1:54 pm

L'amour est ma foi et ma religion/Love is my faith and my religion.
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Re: Arabic in bite-sized parts

Postby Zireael » Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:48 am

Thanks Expug, I'd assumed the Latin writing was English since I could only read 'religion' at the end.

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As an aside, a short article on the origins of 'Daesh' as a name for you-know-what.
https://www.freewordcentre.com/blog/201 ... e-guthrie/

Some really interesting stuff:
- Arabic people don't really use acronyms as such and regard it as a new word
- satire uses diminutives of the word
- the word somehow reminds them of the pre-Islamic dark ages
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Re: Arabic in bite-sized parts

Postby Zireael » Mon Nov 30, 2015 2:20 pm

Still can't wrap my Maha notes to make any sensible "bite-sized" updates.

As I'm following a discussion on the Syrian civil war on history forums, I just spotted an interesting bit of Arabic writing on a rough map posted.

New words
شيطان Shaitan
مليشيات militia
hizb حزب party
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Re: Arabic in bite-sized parts

Postby haziz » Mon Nov 30, 2015 4:00 pm

Zireael wrote:Job search meant I had little time and my Maha notes aren't finished still :(

I'm back to digging around Ancient Egypt trivia. What is the first word on the plaque? here:
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I can't read it. Looks like ..qadzrat but I don't know what that first letter is.


The first word is makbara, meaning tomb. The English translation below on the plaque is an accurate translation, but the Arabic stops and does not include the "No. 62" at the end in the English version.
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