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OT Re: Defining words and how they are used

From:R A Brown <ray@...>
Date:Friday, June 23, 2006, 7:54
Michael Adams wrote:

> Is not Jihad close to the word Haj "pilgrimage"?
Eh? About as close as, say, 'petal' is to 'tap' or 'tunic' is to 'nit', as far as I can see. Also, unless I am mistaken, the letters rendered as 'h' in 'jihad' and 'Haj' are not the same letter or sound in Arabic. Is not the final sound of 'Hajj' in fact geminate? Shouldn't the mail have been prefixed OT, or at least USAGE? -- Ray ================================== ================================== "A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language." J.G. Hamann, 1760