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Teaching poorly educated people about dictionaries

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in response to reader comment: استلام means receipt and I've included the link for the "arabic experts" who say it is not

Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Mar 8, 2015 at 10:10

Our dear Jamil do not run away as you did before

I asked

So you tell us what does the word receipt in Arabic a language that neither you nor our dear Amin can read speak or write?

This is his answer

I'll allow Professor Hans Wehr to tell you and this time I've even given you the link so that you can do your homework:

Oh you forgot Hans Wehr the "Grand Poobah" of grammarians! This was the most stupid remark that you ever made and trust me you wrote lots of nonsnese

Let me teach you some thing about dictionaries let us say you want to find the word al-Islamufobia or الإسلاموفوبيا in let us say Hans Wehr: You will not find it and by your very poor ability to reason you can say there is no such word in Arabic after all you cannot find it in the Grand Poobah's dictionary but your masters the Arabs use this word

Now enter the internet and if you google الإسلاموفوبيا and if you read the wikipedia page you will find that the authors did a great job and here is the link if you know Arabic which I doubt very much after all anyone that does not know that the words Wasl and Isal mean receipt does not know his Arabic

http://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D8%A5%D8%B3%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%88%D9%81%D9%88%D8%A8%D9%8A%D8%A7

The authors provide lots of information about the etymology of the word

Do you know what this means? It means that in the future the likes of Hans Wehr will be a thing of the past and the whole Arabic speaking communities on the internet will be in charge of Arabic dictionaries. This also means that you have to be a skeptic and ask where is the evidence from Hans Wehr's dictionary that the word Istilam really means receipt and you will find none in Hans Wehr right?

Oh Ibn Manzur's Lisan al-Arab? It is a classic

I very much doubt that you understood a single word and the reason is obvious your education was very poor

Oh the rest of your post? It was drivel

Submitting....

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