Monthly Archives: December 2017

What the haal?

In many Muslim cultures, when you want to ask them how they’re doing, you ask: in Arabic, Kayf haal-ik? or, in Persian, Haal-e shomaa chetoreh? How is your haal? What is this haal that you inquire about? It is the transient … Continue reading

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Prolepsis sees you coming

Every language shares the gift of allowing us to insult one another.   I was recently taught a nasty, degrading Armenian term. Yet, as a non-Armenian speaking person, I have no idea which member of your family I would be … Continue reading

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