Query: "-stan" in "Afghanistan"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Nov 13 04:29:00 UTC 2001

At 8:24 AM -0800 11/13/01, Peter A. McGraw wrote:

Right.  That trial balloon was quickly punctured for obvious reasons.    ;-)
Well, Rahmat Ali did say "composed of letters taken from the names
of", not "composed of the initial letters of".  He never promised us
an acronym.


>--On Monday, November 12, 2001 6:04 PM -0800 Tom Dalzell
><slangman at PACBELL.NET> wrote:
>>" 'Pakistan' is both a Persian and an Urdu word. It is composed of letters
>>taken from the names of all our homelands- 'Indian' and 'Asian'. That is,
>>Panjab, Afghania (North West Frontier Province), Kashmir, Iran, Sindh
>>(including Kach and Kathiawar), Tukharistan, Afghanistan, and Balochistan
>                               Peter A. McGraw
>                   Linfield College   *   McMinnville, OR
>                            pmcgraw at linfield.edu

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