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by aelnamer
Fri Jun 17, 2005 11:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Great Britain
Replies: 25
Views: 9691

Great Britain

I have had some similar experiences as an Arab (I am actually mixed-German/Libyan). If an Arab hears some one else speaking the language they will ask if you are an Arab, unless you have a keen ear in detecting the dialect of the Arabic that is spoken. For example, I am able to distinguish between a...
by aelnamer
Fri Jun 17, 2005 6:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Law enforcement in California
Replies: 15
Views: 5394

Law enforcement in California

Bob Marley sang this song about the killing of the sheriff and not the deputy.In this case both the sherrif and the deputy are dead. "I shot the sheriff, but I didn't shoot no deputy Oh, no, oh I shot the sheriff, but I didn't shoot no deputy Ooh, ooh, ooh Yeah All around in my hometown They're tryi...
by aelnamer
Wed Jun 15, 2005 9:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Blair Arrives for Bush Talks
Replies: 7
Views: 2924

Blair Arrives for Bush Talks

Thanks Phil, also I did not mean to say that the above was your quote.
Ahmed
by aelnamer
Wed Jun 15, 2005 9:24 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Blair Arrives for Bush Talks
Replies: 7
Views: 2924

Blair Arrives for Bush Talks

Phil, Mohammed went to the mountain and came back with the Quran.Now going back to the above sentence, is it grammatically correct? I thought it should have read as follows " Blair arrives for talks with Bush."
Ahmed
15th of June, 2005
by aelnamer
Wed Jun 15, 2005 6:57 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: chifforobe
Replies: 13
Views: 6573

chifforobe

I used to have a piece of furniture (mobilia) that almost resembles what is being discussed here. In Libya, most homes do not have walk in closets so people buy a large bedroom suit that includes a piece that reaches, almost touching, the ceiling. It is also very wide. In it you have a number of dra...
by aelnamer
Sat Jun 11, 2005 8:51 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Threw all caution to the wind
Replies: 10
Views: 10703

Threw all caution to the wind

Thanks Ken. What piqued my interest is when I heard it being mentioned in a boxing match (not a sport that I usually follow). I was surprised to hear it used in a sporting context. Thanks again.
Ahmed
11th of June, 2005
by aelnamer
Sat Jun 04, 2005 2:18 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Threw all caution to the wind
Replies: 10
Views: 10703

Threw all caution to the wind

I have heard this said many times,and in a variety of ways.I would be interested to know if it has a specific origin.I checked the rseources and was not able to find anything.
Ahmed
3rd of June,2005
by aelnamer
Wed May 25, 2005 2:00 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: transparent
Replies: 4
Views: 1773

transparent

It seems to be a buzz word for the BC Liberals,in Canada.They tend to use this word quite often in their messaging.However,the more I hear them use it, the more I am convinced that there are many backroom discussions taking place.
Ahmed
24th of May,2005
by aelnamer
Wed May 18, 2005 11:27 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: The meaning of the word "Abu" and "areba"
Replies: 16
Views: 5404

The meaning of the word "Abu" and "areba"

It would be very interesting to hear an Arab Christian speaking in tongues.*g*

18th of May,2005
by aelnamer
Wed May 18, 2005 11:20 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Dilution of the Mother Tongue revisited
Replies: 20
Views: 4964

Dilution of the Mother Tongue revisited

Dale,your blogging days are over...my friend. What I find intersesting is words that are changed because of respelling.Take the word Phishing, as an example. I might be OT.
Ahmed
18th of May,2005
by aelnamer
Sat May 14, 2005 7:42 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: The meaning of the word "Abu" and "areba"
Replies: 16
Views: 5404

The meaning of the word "Abu" and "areba"

To know the context the words were used in would have been helpful. I will take a stab if my guess is correct. Abu Alarab,literraly means the father of Arabs. Areba could also refer to a certain tribe, Al Areba,there is a large tribe in Libya called Al Areiba.

Ahmed
14th of May,2005
by aelnamer
Thu May 12, 2005 7:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: BOSS & BIGHEAD
Replies: 6
Views: 2750

BOSS & BIGHEAD

William,I am curious to know about the usage of the word Boss in the Sudan. Are you talking about its usage amongst the expatriates that work there or the natives?
Ahmed
12th of May,2005
by aelnamer
Thu May 12, 2005 3:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: ol' instead of Old
Replies: 3
Views: 7084

ol' instead of Old

I noticed, occasionally, that some writers shorten the word OLD, and write it as ol’. Is this a common practice? Why just old could we shorten the word New (ne’)?

Ahmed
11th of May,2005
by aelnamer
Sat Apr 09, 2005 6:15 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: big grass (for tall grass)?
Replies: 7
Views: 3934

big grass (for tall grass)?

I heard a speaker in a conference I attended refer to grass (lawn not pot) as big. The speaker is from Alabama but was born and raised in Wisc. I usually say the grass is tall, could you say big? The context:the speaker was talking about a Self Advocate who wanted to buy a blade for his lawn mower t...
by aelnamer
Fri Feb 18, 2005 7:20 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: S.H.I.T
Replies: 7
Views: 4534

S.H.I.T

Jason, Have a look at this site: http://www.snopes.com/language/acronyms/shit.asp
Above site was posted on a similar thread found in the archives.
Ahmed
18th of February,2005