USAGE: "hoor" (Was: My wedding pictures)
|From:||John Cowan <cowan@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, August 7, 2003, 2:58|
Tristan McLeay scripsit:
> If I were to read a word spelt 'hoor', I would interpret
> it as homophonous with 'whore' and rhyming with 'poor', 'door', 'floor',
> 'snore', 'four'/'for' and 'lore'/'law'.
If you've ever read Heinlein's _The Moon is a Harsh Mistress_, which is
written mostly in Russian-influenced archaic Aussie jargon (more or less),
you saw it there, in a Swedish flavor: "tousands and tousands of hoors".
It appears in Hiberno-English as well, and (ironically) as an alternative
spelling of the Arabic word usually spelled "houri" in English: the
maidens provided for the entertainment of the faithful in Paradise.
John Cowan www.ccil.org/~cowan www.reutershealth.com firstname.lastname@example.org
In might the Feanorians / that swore the unforgotten oath
brought war into Arvernien / with burning and with broken troth.
and Elwing from her fastness dim / then cast her in the waters wide,
but like a mew was swiftly borne, / uplifted o'er the roaring tide.