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Thursday, February 15, 2007

A Thought...

I was thinking today (yes, I can do that) about how 15 years ago, the only common Arabic words the average American would be likely to know were, ‘Allah’, ‘Islam’, ‘Koran’, and ‘mosque’. However, some Arabic words have recently become commonplace that hardly 1 in 20 Americans could have pronounced properly, much less knew what they meant in 1992. Think about it; 15 years ago, did you know the definition of any of these words?

Jihad?

Intifada?

Madrasah?

Caliphate?

Burqa?

Hijab?

Niqab?

Triacetone Triperoxide?

I didn’t, but I know them very well now.

-Tommy

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