Friday, November 07, 2008

Classical Arabic

Lord Wright of Richmond, former British Ambassador to Syria, writes in a letter in today's FT that if "classical Arabic" means the language of the Koran, it is best heard today in south Arabia. He says some years ago a bespectacled English traveller in a remote mountain village in Yemen heard a girl running to her mother and saying (with all the conjugations, declensions and duals in perfect order), "Oh my mother, I have seen a man and there were, upon his two eyes, two jewels!"

Acronym of the day: ZIRP (Zero Interest Rate Policy)


Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

That's cheered me up!

9:57 pm  
Blogger kinglear said...

Do you think that's where we are headed? Or more likely TWERP (take what ever rate possible)

12:57 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Hi WL - hope you're feeling better

TWERP - love it!

8:42 am  
Blogger Jeremy Jacobs said...


Try Walking Across

9:19 am  

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