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Levantine etymology of the week: قدام (oddam), برضه (bardo) and بلكي (balki)

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  Levantine etymology for the week: While going through this book قدام (oddam): comes from Aramaic (qd̠ām, qŭd̠ām) برضه (bardo): comes from Ottoman Turkish بر ده (bir de) بلكي (balk): From Ottoman Turkish ⁧بلكه⁩ (belki, “maybe”), from Persian ⁧بلکه⁩ (balke, “but”).

Northern Palestinian Etymology for the day: اشكرى (Ashkara)

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Northern Palestinian Etymology for the day:  اشكرى (Ashkara) which means “obviously”, comes from Persian آشکار (âšikâr).  Here is an Ashkara song by a band from Nazareth called Ghazall:

Levantine etymology of the week: كزدرة (kazdara)

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 Levantine etymology for the week:  كزدرة (kazdara), to stroll, comes from Ottoman Turkish كزدرمك (gezdirmek). Photo generated by AI Source:  https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%D9%83%D8%B2%D8%AF%D8%B1

Levantine etymology of the day: “boseh”/بوسة

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Levantine “boseh”/بوسة = kiss comes from Persian بوسه (buse) Photo generated by AI Source:  https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%D8%A8%D9%88%D8%B3%D8%A9

Random etymology: اسفين

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In Jordan/Palestine, اسفين means someone telling the boss something bad you have done behind your back. Et tu, Brute?  حتى أنت يا بروتس؟   Και σύ, τέκνον Βροῦτε; Image source:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Et_tu,_Brute%3F اسفين apparently comes from Ancient Greek σφήν (sphen) Source: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%D8%A5%D8%B3%D9%81%D9%8A%D9%86

Unexpected etymology of the day: فندق

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 فندق comes from Ancient Greek πανδοκεῖον (pandokeîon) Photo generated by AI, prompt: a hotel in Ancient Greek cities in the levant Source:  https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%D9%81%D9%86%D8%AF%D9%82

Gazan Etymology: غزة العزة

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Etymologically the Greek and Latin name: Γάζα and Gaza, were probably a rendition of the Syriac ganza/gazza, which originated from Persian ganj (‘treasure’, ‘store’, ‘granary’).  The ancient Egyptians called it “Azzati”, the “prized city.”  Explains غزة العزة? Fun fact: Gaza was called the Athens of Asia. Source: Palestine - A Four Thousand Year History by Nur Masalha