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French & Italian Words in Levantine

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 While reading the book “Palestine - A 4000 Year History”, I found out that the below words came from Europeans as they started having a constant presence in Palestine and Levant: اوتيل - hotel (otel) شوفير - chauffeur دوش - douche (dushe) موضة - mode (moda) بنزين - Benzina (banzin) كراج - garage (karaj) باطون - beton (baton) كنباي - canapé (canabai) صالون - salon بلكونة - balcon (balconeh) سوفينير - souvenir النصير - ascenseur دوسية - dossier (dusiyyeh)

Etymology of the Season: طقس

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 I was just reading "Liturgy and Byzantinization in Jerusalem", you know to know more about the Patriarchate that I belong to (and my ancestors have for the past 2000 years), when the author used the Greek word "τάξις" (taksis) to describe liturgy and I was like wait this sounds like the Levantine/Arabic word طقس and after digging deeper, it turns out that طقس comes from Ancient Greek τάξις.  Generated by AI: The scene captures the solemn and reverent atmosphere inside an ornately decorated church with priests performing the liturgy, while the dramatic Levantine landscape outside hints at an impending storm.

حكم مشرقية لمصطلحات اجنبية: Cut the Losses

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حكينا قبل هيك عن هالمصطلح وكيف ممكن استبدله بالعامية المشرقية بكلمة "اختصر". بس هديك المرة فكرت انه طيب في مثل مشرقي كتير بحبه يعبر عن هالمصطلح بطريقة احسن، والي هو: " الباب اللي بجيك منه ريح، سده واستريح". معبر، لا؟ لما تسد الباب وتستريح، وتروح تقرأ واشرب قهوة وتكزدر بهالحارات القديمة مش احسن؟

Etymology of قانون

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 I was reading the other day a book by Saint John of Damascus when I came across the word κανών (kanon) which meant law, so I looked the etymology of the Arabic word قانون (Kanoon) and it turns out it comes from Ancient Greek κανών, same for latin Canon. Generated by AI, prompt: Greek Law

Unexpected Etymology: بلغم

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 The last thing I would expect that بلغم/balgham comes from Ancient Greek! It does! It comes from φλέγμα (phlégma, “phlegm, a cold slimy humour of the body”). Generated by AI: better something Ancient Greek than balgham for a blogpost photo Source: wiktionary

Etymology of the Month: كمدينا

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 The word comes from Italian Comodino.  This is not the only Italian furniture word in Levantine.  Source: wiktionary.

Another Levantine Etymology for the Month: قيراط/Kirat

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 While reading the book "Palestine: A Four Thousand Year History" I found out that قيراط/Kirat comes from Ancient Greek κεράτιον (kerátion) which was used during Roman days and continued in Byzantine and Islamic Empires days up to this day.