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"Teenagers know better" , a Turkish teenager says.

Reader comment on item: How to End Terrorism:
in response to reader comment: sozekujan and ghina are correct,don't be so pedantic.

Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Jun 6, 2013 at 16:51

Mozere wrote :

>Words change their original meanings over time or when loaned into another language.<

And who says that ? A Turk who is unable to read or understand anything written in Turkish before 1928 . And he will teach us on how and why words change over time ? Instructive!

>As a native Turkish speaker I support sozekujan when he says "gazi" means wounded war veterans,and in daily Turkish usage has no religious connotations.<

... So how many gazis were created during the 1919-1922 Turkish gazavat/jihad ? By the way, why did the Grand National Assembly choose to call only Kemal "a wounded soldier" when he was not wounded at all except for a few bruises from falling off the horseback and thousands and thousands were ?

> Even as a child if you injured yourself they used to say "gazi oldu" meaning he cut himself and bleeding,it did not mean the child was engaged in holy war as some pedants would have us believe."

Sure the child will be engaged in a gazavat/jihad when he is older and understands that "gazi oldu" comes from a war on those nasty giours so hated by Allah. Allah ekber !

> Lengthy etymologic discussion in this case is irrelevant ,daily usage is the decisive factor.Another example to show that original meaning of a word is quite irrelevant is when a teenager describes something as "wicked",he does not mean it is evil,quite the opposite he means it is very nice indeed.<

I have never suspected teenagers ever visit this forum and even less have I been prepared to believe that what teenagers say and feel can be so important to understand any serious point about which nobody knows less than teenagers. I assume therefore that you yourself are a teenager but I must disappoint you. I am not. I have grown up and come of age long since even though I understand it is so hard for many to do. It's much nicer to remain a teenager for ever.


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