Saturday, July 29, 2006

The language of xenophobia

Ahmadinejad waves to well-wishers through the
window of his heli--uh, I mean, rotating wings

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has decreed that foreign words be stricken from every day use in Iran.

In this version of the story, it's said that pizzas will now be known as "elastic loaves" and chats will be called "short talks".

In this AP release via Yahoo News, helicopters become "rotating wings" and mobile phones are "companion phones".

This makes me wonder what an appropriately Persian word is for "batshit loonball jew-hating genocidal maniac".

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