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Re: It may pay off just yet

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 2, 2001, 3:04
Barry Garcia wrote:
>Well, i was looking at a page of masculine names in Arabic (to look up >what 'id meant (festival), and i found these words: > >bashir - bringer of glad >bashshar - bringer of many glad tidings >bishr - joy >bushr - joy, happiness >
Well now, that's interesting (a Hebrew form was also cited); so now I'd suspect the direction of borrowing was Arabic (perhaps via Persian) > India
> Indonesia, sometime in the period 1-800 C.E. That would account for the
/tS/ of Old Jav/Indon. bicara, which seems odd as a direct reflex of Arab. /S/. Even in the days of the Roman Empire, there was a flourishing land/sea-trade network, in which Arabs were the first/last link, reaching as far as SE Asia, perhaps even to Chinese ports.