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Speaking the enemy's tongue: (Was: A problem solved: Arabisms in Spanish)

From:vardi <vardi@...>
Date:Thursday, February 18, 1999, 15:15
Orjan Johansen wrote:
>=20 > On Thu, 18 Feb 1999, Raymond A. Brown wrote: >=20 > > But that is not the question. It is: Could initial unstressed /inS/ h=
> > become /oS/ ? >=20 > A thought: Might this rather be a deliberate euphemism? After all, go=
> around speaking proper Moslem phrases must have been rather _unhealthy_ > during certain periods of Spanish history... >=20 > Greetings, > =D8rjan.
A great idea - although you'd imagine that if so, it would be the "Allah" bit they'd have been concerned to get rid of. Actually, you make me think about an interesting, and not completely unrelated, area: the use by nations/languages of expressions drawn from "enemy" languages. I gather that even during the years when the PLO and Israel were completely and mutually hostile, Yasser Arafat used to enjoy using the Hebrew expression "rega'" (literally "an instant," and meaning "hold on a sec'") at meetings of the PLO's official bodies. Similarly, one can occasionally hear equally inconcgruous expressions from Israelis, such as a settler in the West Bank / Judea and Samaria stating that "inshallah we will be building many more homes here over the coming years."=20 What Allah feels about this kind of thing - Allah knows Shaul