Thursday, May 21, 2015

Lindsey Graham: Everything that starts with ‘al’ in the Middle East is bad news

 “Al Qaeda, al-Nusra, al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula.”

The Internet was quick to point out, because “al” is an Arabic definite article analogous to the English word “the.” A number of English words with Arabic roots begin with “al”: albatross, alchemy, alcohol, alcove, alfalfa, algebra, algorithm, and others. Paul Simon may have something more to say about that.