CONLANG Digest - 25 Oct 2001 to 26 Oct 2001 (#2001-300)
|From:||Aquamarine Demon <aquamarine_demon@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, October 27, 2001, 21:06|
>I like this expression better. You can see raindrops as straight
>ropes... "Raining cats and dogs" is one of the few things that makes
>me ashamed of the English language. The other is the letter "w".
Ashamed? Why? Whats wrong with w? And raining cats and dogs?
>Muhammad did convert Jews... just not all of them, and those that did
>just melted into the rest of the the Muslim world. I don't think that
>"Islam" and "Muslim" would have been based on "shalom" in that
>alternate universe... the Arabic root SLM in "Islam" and "Muslim" means
>_submission [to God]_, while the Hebrew cognate ShLM doesn't have that
>connotation... as far as i know it only has the basic meanings of
>"wholeness" and "peace" (which are related).
>-Stephen (Steg), whose Arabic 101 test today was really easy!
>"¿mew?"I read somewhere the Islam does mean peace, or something close to it... I
dont really know, though, since I know close to nothing about Arabic...
taking what I do know, though, doesnt it make more sense for SLM in Arabic to
mean peace? salaam is Arabic for peace, right?
Or am I totally off somewhere??? (Probably.)
The Aquamarine Demon
"When I hear somebody sigh, 'Life is hard,' I'm always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?' "
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