Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Arabic Names....let's make SURE we pronounce them correctly....because.........

.....because.....well, I hate to imagine why... but can't think of one reason right now.
As someone who knows four languages in varying degrees of expertise, I bristle at mispronunciations so it's not that I am against pronouncing names correctly, but when they're Al Qaeda types as discussed in the linked article, it feels odd to me that The Associated Press is giving phonetics.....here's a bit from the article about a CIA detainee who died in detention, but that's not what I'm posting for......:

The man was Gul Rahman (gool RAHK'-mahn), a suspected militant captured on Oct. 29, 2002, a U.S. official familiar with the case confirmed. The official said Rahman was taken during an operation against Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin, an insurgent group headed by Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar (gool-boo-DEEN' hek-mat-YAR') and allied with al-Qaida.

By the way, as someone who doesn't speak Arabic but has had a lot of it in her ears over the years, this phonetic thing is so bad they might as well NOT give the PHONETIC WAY TO PRONOUNCE TERRORIST NAMES.....trust me on that.
By the way...they ARE "gool"s, alright. They got that right :-)

z

14 comments:

beakerkin said...

Now that Obama has made a loophole to
exempt Muslims from the Health Care I am calling myself Ibn Beakerkin

Anonymous said...

Heck Z, by the time we would get it right, hopefully these terrorists would be dead. Kind've a waste of time, I'd say.

Boy, I'm going to lose a lot of sleep over this. I wouldn't want to insult butchers who want us dead!

Pris

The Born Again American said...

A scumbag by any other name is still a scumbag... Their fearless leader "Ahu Fooking Kydeen Mi" pronounced "Are You F**cking Kidding Me" is there any sanity left?

Z said...
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Z said...

did someone post here and it didn't publish? Please let me know if you can.
I'm getting more numbers on my homepage than I am getting comments on this page...weird! xx

Anonymous said...

Z - I found if I hit publish, and the message space has emptied, but my comment doesn't show up, if I hit the back arrow, and come back, the comment will appear.

Pris

The Merry Widow said...

But, Z, we MUST be able to pronounce our master's names properly!

tmw

Ducky's here said...

I see, z wants intel services to use several pronunciations. That should ensure everyone is looking for the same guy.

Ducky's here said...

Now that Obama has made a loophole to
exempt Muslims from the Health Care I am calling myself Ibn Beakerkin

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Your decision to abstain from health care is your own, Beak, but rather ill considered.

Of course Obama did no such thing. There was a fatwah issued and absolutely no action taken. I predict no exemption whatsoever but keep thinking,Beak, that's what you do best.

Z said...

"Ducky's here said...

I see, z wants intel services to use several pronunciations. That should ensure everyone is looking for the same guy."

Pronunciation has very little to do with intel, Ducky, you should know that. Foreign airports and other organizations do little of TALKING TO EACH OTHER. THEY READ Intel.
SPELLING can have everything to do with it and, in fact, is how the underwear bomber got so far. Of course, your gov't had to expose the fact that the spelling went a big way toward getting him and other terrorists past security, so we've blown that way we had of protecting ourselves...but, who cares, right? According to you, we have no worries. Suddenly, you're anxious about INTEL? tsk tsk tsk

I just saw a newscast where they gave information as to how an undercover guy went into that militia group and exposed them, too. I guess some people think it's a great idea to blow our ways of finding the bad guys..

Z said...

Also, Ducky, you should know, as I blogged the other day, that muslims may well get out of buying health insurance, as may the Amish.
We have no reason to believe this was an intentional loophole by Obama


yet

Anonymous said...

I know how we should pronounce their names....D E A D!

Anonymous said...

How insane is the world becoming? Members of the religion that wants those who aren't part of it either dead or converted — now these same folks are to be given an exemption of the health care taxation scam and you better make damn sure you pronounce their name correctly!

Respect must be earned not forced upon all at the point of a gun wielded by the state who deliberately pick the most odious group to cater to.

Waylon

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