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#LanguageTrivia: A common catchphrase in English language for speech or text being indecipherable to a person is - "It's all Greek to me!" [1/n]
The genesis of this phrase is often cited as dating back to 1599 when Shakespeare's Casca conspiring against Julius Caesar said, “Those that understood him smiled at one another and shook their heads, but, for mine own part, it was Greek to me.” [2/n]
However, prior to its usage by Shakespeare, English poet Gascoigne, circa 1566, while interpreting an Italian comedy into english wrote, "This geare (talk) is Greeke to me; either it hangs not well together, or I am very dull of understanding: speak plaine, I pray you.” [3/n]
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This account exposed first that VOA Persian violated VOA's standards by publishing around 20 articles by the fake MEK persona, #HeshmatAlavi. VOA Persian refrained from deleting those articles till @jrezaian & @nahaltoosi and others mentioned this. What does this tell you?
1- this is not the 1st time VOA Persian makes such mess. But they only answer to media.
2- managers have been warned many times that incapable people need to be removed from editorial positions.
3- hirings and promotions are not based on merit & that's why these problems occurs
4- Publishing around 20 article by #HeshmatAlavi is more than just an editorial mistake. It is closer to being guided by an outside pressure. VOA standards are much more strict than the Saudi funded @AlArabiya_Eng. Why did VOA Persian violated those standards at least 20 times?
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1) #GoogleDoodle today is on #Persian Polymath, philosopher, & poet #OmarKhayyam to celebrate his 971st birthday.

This is second time that #Google dedicated a Doodle to him. In 2012 too, #Khayyam’s 964th birthday was also celebrated by the search engine with a special #doodle
2) Here is from my PhD Dissertation:

A contemporary of #Ghazali, #OmarKhayyam was one of the most versatile scholars of the time, simultaneously a polymath, philosopher and a poet.
3) #OmarKhayyam can be regarded as a successor of al-Farabi and al-Biruni, in the line of argument although he is more famous for his #Rubaiyat (Quatrain).
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#Samosa ,a very popular dish in India was actually originated in middle East.
Abolfazl Beyhaqi (995-1077) an #Iranian historian mentioned it in his book" Tarikh-e Beyhaghi"
It was introduced to the #Indian subcontinent in the 13th or 14th century by traders from #CentralAsia.
#Samosa A dish with a savoury filling, such as spiced #potatoes, onions, peas, or lentils.
It may take different forms, including triangular, cone, or half-moon shapes, depending on the region.
The #Indian style, often accompanied by a chutney, is probably the most widely-known
The word #Samosa
(Hindi
समोसा /Urdu سموسہ )
can be traced to the #persian #sanbosag ( سنبوساگ)
The #pastry's name in other countries can also derive from this root, such as the crescent-shaped #Sanbusak or sanbusaj in the #Arab world. Or
"#Sambosa" in #Afghanistan
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Alright, so the esteemed @ArmoryBazaar posted some pictures of coins found in Idlib - Syria. I would like to make a thread out of this, for future coins. I will post my take on these coins, but I'm very much interested in other opinions.
The two small copper coins (picture 2 & 3) are in my opinion #Umayyad copper fals. The inscription features Islamic texts, most definitely the Islamic shahada. That indicates they're from the later Umayyad period. I would say 8th century.
It's really possible that the last coin is much older that the other coins. It still features a cross and human imagery, indicating Byzantine influences. This kind of coins were used in early Umayyad times, when the caliphs still imitated #Byzantine en #Persian coinage.
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While *most* South Asian Muslims use #Persian terms for religious concepts, Muslims in #TamilNadu & #Kerala (who trace their roots to Arab trading communities) have distinct traditions also reflected in their terminology, which freely draws from #Tamil/#Malayalam & #Sanskrit.
Instead of rozā, the #Persian term for Islamic fasting (itself a translation of #Arabic ṣawm) used in #Urdu, #Bengali, #Gujarati etc, #Tamil & #Malayalam speaking Muslims use nōmpu, lit. ceremonial fasting. The word is from a proto #Dravidian root meaning to do penance. #Ramadan
Sanskrit is used too. #Malayalam speaking Muslims commonly refer to #Ramzan as puṇya māsam, #Sanskrit for month of good merit. Nimskāram, the Malayalam counterpart of the #Persian namāz (Islamic prayer), is from #Sanskrit namaskāra (lit. prostratration, here, to a god). #Ramadan
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