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Motke: The word "mouse" in Syriac/Aramaic and Hebrew v The word "mouse" in Arabic

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Jan 15, 2020 at 16:23

Hi Motke,

The pre-Islamic Arabic is indeed a puzzle. Check the case of the word "mouse" In Classical and Modern Arabic the word is الفار also الفأر.

However, in Hebrew it is Akhbar and in Syriac/Aramaic it is ܥܽܘܩܒܪܳܐ or 'auqbara very similar indeed but why would it be any different in Arabic?

Now if you check in Lisan al-'Arab you will discover that the mouse in Arabia is really يربوع (in English Jerboa) also جربوع (as you shall see below) which could very well be a metathesis (which is very common in Arabic where Syriac words undergo metathesis in Arabic) of the Syriac/Aramaic word for mouse (see above)

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%D9%8A%D8%B1%D8%A8%D9%88%D8%B9

More? The Egyptian Arabic insult جربوع means skinny/filthy/disgusting but it also means mouse

Of course I cannot prove that Muhammad's Arabic must have been very different at times from the Arabic that we have now from the Persian Mufasereen, but it makes one wonder

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