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Posted: 04 September 2007 07:52 AM   [ Ignore ]
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How faithful of a translation of the Arabian name Aladdin is Valor?

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Posted: 04 September 2007 08:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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This is an oddly naive sort of question coming from you, Thews. One might have expected it in somebody’s post no. 1. The answer’s only a click away.  Wikipedia says the name means “nobility of faith”. The site listed below says the same. How close “nobility of faith” is to “valor” you must judge for yourself. Why, I wonder, did you ask? Are you indeed a troll, as someone has already suggested? Or perhaps under the affluence of inkohol?  (Now that i can understand and sympathize with ;-)

http://www.el-shella.com/kids/MaleArabicNames.htm

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Posted: 04 September 2007 02:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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If it is a faithful rendition, is it also Valid?

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Posted: 05 September 2007 06:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Yeah, I’m getting a Geekish vibe here.

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Posted: 05 September 2007 07:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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The Geekster?  Nah.  Check out

Lesbian

God in Arabic

Methinks, perhaps; why, yes indeed! Verily it so

dad-gummit

and
stroppy

and tell me if you don’t recognize a familiar aroma.

edited to correct bad link for “stroppy”

[ Edited: 05 September 2007 05:59 PM by Dr. Techie ]
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Posted: 05 September 2007 07:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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If it is Valid what is its Value?

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Posted: 05 September 2007 08:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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If it is Valid is it Beloved?

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Posted: 05 September 2007 08:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Are the Valuables of the Beloved in the Vault?

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Posted: 05 September 2007 08:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Do the Valkyrie march toward Valhalla?

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Posted: 05 September 2007 08:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Then what of the devil?

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Posted: 05 September 2007 09:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Dr. Techie - 05 September 2007 07:20 AM

The Geekster?  Nah.  Check out

Lesbian

God in Arabic

Methinks, perhaps; why, yes indeed! Verily it so

dad-gummit

and
stroppy

and tell me if you don’t recognize a familiar aroma.

Ah yes, and the stench grows stronger by the day. Fortunately Dave will be along with the air freshener soon.

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Posted: 05 September 2007 10:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Not the same person. Rumpleford was from Southern California; Thews is from New England. (Based on looking up their IP addresses.) But Thews is toast now anyway.

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Posted: 05 September 2007 10:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Whew.

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Posted: 05 September 2007 12:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Speaking of toast --- here’s to wordorigins.org - here’s another to its moderator - here’s another to the rest of us.

(gurgle -gurgle - gurgle)

Aahhhh.

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Posted: 05 September 2007 02:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Rumpleford was from Southern California; Thews is from New England. (Based on looking up their IP addresses.)

A moot point now, I realize, but the styles of trollery were so similar that I am suspicious still. People move.

BTW, the OED also translates Aladdin (Alā ‘al Dīn) as “nobility of faith”.  I generally wouldn’t trust Wikipedia’s unsupported word on something like that, but in this case they seem to be right.

[ Edited: 05 September 2007 02:33 PM by Dr. Techie ]
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Posted: 06 September 2007 06:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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True, but it’s worth noting that ‘alā’ is derived from the root ‘alā ‘to be high; to rise’ (also the root of ‘alā ‘on, above’ and ‘aliy ‘high, elevated, exalted; Most High; (the name) Ali’) and its literal meaning is ‘high rank/standing,’ for which nobility is a perfectly good synonym.

Edit: You can see English words derived from the Semitic root (all from Hebrew or Akkadian, as it happens) at the AHD entry.

[ Edited: 06 September 2007 06:39 AM by languagehat ]
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