Category Archives: language

The “Chedder Man” hype

A ten thousand year old Briton, whose remains were discovered over a century ago, has yielded some of his secrets – courtesy of modern DNA analysis. According to The Daily Mail: The first ancient Britons had black skin, dark curly … Continue reading

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What is the true meaning of jihad?

If you look up “What is the true meaning of jihad?” on Google, you’ll have to do a lot of scrolling before you reach any source that offers a generally non-peaceful interpretation of this word. Did Google manipulate the results? … Continue reading

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A Judeo-Arabic mystery book

I’ve been going through my old Hebrew manuscripts, and came across a fragment that I’ve been wondering about for many years. It hails from Yemen, and it’s written in Hebrew characters – but it’s Arabic. My guess is that it’s … Continue reading

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Our rigid concept of time

I just finished reading E=MC2 by David Bodanis. It’s a fascinating book, and for the first time, I feel as if I can grasp some of the importance of this formula and its history. One subject the book touches upon, … Continue reading

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Ethiopic languages and the status of Amharic

Ethiopia contains upwards of 80 distinct ethnic groups, and just about every one of them has its own language. For a traveler who is language-conscious, such as myself, this can be bewildering. At the same time, it’s refreshing; the Ethiopian … Continue reading

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Similarities between Hebrew and Amharic (this post is frequently updated)

My journey to Ethiopia was actually two journeys. I’ve already written about one, and the one I have yet to write about actually began on the Ethiopian Airlines jet that took me to Addis Ababa. As soon as I boarded … Continue reading

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In memory of Lounes Matoub

I remember reading a short news blurb back in 1998. It said something about a popular Algerian folk singer being murdered. Though I hadn’t a clue who the singer might be (his name was not mentioned), I felt a pang … Continue reading

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