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Re: Arabic article (was: Corpses)

From:Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>
Date:Thursday, November 13, 2003, 9:33
Staving John Cowan:
>Costentin Cornomorus scripsit: > > > Can't think of any, though we do have the > > propensity for leaving Arabic articles in: > > algebra, alchemy, alcohol, etc. Of course, we > > didn't borrow those directly, so they probably > > don't count. > >I think it's the fact that these come through Spanish >that make the difference. We certainly don't speak of >al-Islam or the al-Arab.
More through mediaeval Latin than Spanish, surely? It would have been The Lord's Dogs who brought them into European use, about the 13th century. Pete


Roger Mills <romilly@...>