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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". > >-David
Ashamed? Why? What’s 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 don’t really know, though, since I know close to nothing about Arabic... taking what I do know, though, doesn’t 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?' " --------------------------------- Do You Yahoo!? Make a great connection at Yahoo! Personals.