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Submitted by steve omara (United Kingdom), Nov 25, 2011 at 12:13

Hi Peter Hall, I am musing over your flint knapper comment re Arabic and the Koran. Reminds me of when I wanted to learn an ancient language, some wag suggested Basque, he then explained that the Basque equivalent transliteration of the word knife is ..."the stone that cuts"... I started to learn Hebrew and was intrigued to learn that the Hebrew for write is " ktoff " this sound, for me , mimics the noise made by a stone maul as it strikes a copper chisel, perhaps carving those ancient Egyptian heiroglyphs...makes you think...


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