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Re: Ferengi

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Thursday, May 20, 1999, 16:40
Joshua Shinavier wrote:

> btw. does anyone know if the name "Ferengi" is from the Hindi word for > "foreigner"?
Probably. "Farang" (and variants) was created in the Middle East during the Crusades, and has been carried by Islam around the world clear to Thailand and probably beyond, usually with the sense "foreigner/ European/trader". Its origin is, of course, "Frank", the word used in Arabic for all Western Europeans. No one from the Star Trek organization has confirmed the origin of "Ferengi" from "farang" in the sense "trader", but it seems obvious. -- John Cowan You tollerday donsk? N. You tolkatiff scowegian? Nn. You spigotty anglease? Nnn. You phonio saxo? Nnnn. Clear all so! 'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)