Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tribute to Arabic

I was thinking today that someone needs to integrate an Arabic thesaurus program in Word Document, but then I realized that some, if not most words in Arabic, have at least a hundred or more synonyms, take the word sword for example, or lion, can you imagine how the drop down list would look like? It would look funny, but if anything a source of pride for it only indicates how wealthy, accurate, abundant, and elegant the Arabic language is. So do take pride, but there is no harm in using just seif for sword and asad for lion and why use al-basita for earth? (especially after it has been proven scientifically wrong if you consider the origin of the word).

1 comment:

  1. Look how rich Arabic language is, there is a theory in Arabic lexicography that in Arabic there are no real synonyms but different words for different meanings: that the various hundreds of words for sword or lion are in fact description of different kinds and states of lions or swords, etc.