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You proved my point

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in response to reader comment: Please not more Dhimmi like tactics....

Submitted by Peter Hall (Australia), Dec 4, 2011 at 20:49

you say

Laser - as in described here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser

The word in Arabic is ازر

The word for rice is ارز

So you are saying there is a difference ? Google still translates it as rice

And if you translate microchip to Arabic, then translates it back, it is chip

Now if you cannot see the problem with Arabic not being able to translate these terms accurately, and you do not understand that this problem is not associated with more advanced languages, you have just proved my point, thank you.

You are obviously looking for a quick proof you are right as opposed to the truth. Unless a term translates both ways, with the same result, you have not proved your point. There is a big difference between chip and a microchip, there is a big difference between rice and lazer.

An interesting fact, Cairo University issues more Doctorates and masters Degrees than the next 50 Universities ranked above them?

Is this where you got yours?

I was wondering if you have read the article on Taqiyya on islam-watch.org


It seems you are following this like a play book in every way? facts are facts Amin, and I am looking at Arabic from a quantitative perspective. Its success as a language in todays world shows it has not kept up.

Not many books are written in Arabic, compared to more advanced languages.

Virtually no one translates Arabic into other languages.

Arabic speakers have lower levels of literacy than more advanced languages

Arabic speakers have very few scientific papers and journals published.

Try as you may to distort the facts presented, it clearly shows a language that, even if it did have some merit 1000 years ago, its users of today are ill equipped for a modern world.

You gave an example of the UAE higher than the regional average in literacy, however that level is only high due to the large number of foreign workers lifting the average. A better indication is found at


As to gender equality I find it sad the highest rated Arab country comes in at 112 out of 134 countries,

Another area where Arabic speakers are below average.

I laughed out loud when you thought I was a Dhimmi No More in disguise. I am not insulted by that, I have been very entertained and impressed with the logic and knowledge of Dhimmi No more. I feel quite flattered and I hope Dhimmi is not insulted.

No I am not Dhimmi, I am an Australian with a background in Chemical Engineering and Physics, with my qualification gained in real Universities.

Maybe it is the engineer in me, but if as many people told me a system I used was faulty, as people have been telling you that you are wrong, I would be looking at solutions, not just pathetic attempts to deny there is a problem.


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