"gohr" not in English dictionaries?

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed Apr 22 02:21:42 UTC 2009

On Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 8:30 PM, James A. Landau
<JJJRLandau at netscape.com> <JJJRLandau at netscape.com> wrote:
> On Mon, 20 Apr 2009 14:07:27 Zulu-0400 "Joel S. Berson" <Berson at ATT.NET> wrote:
> >
> > Does "gohr" need to be in English dictionaries?
> Is it relevant that the valley of the Jordan River is known as the Ghor?

Also transliterated as "ghaur" or "ghawr", where "gh" represents the
voiced velar fricative ("ghain"). Hans Wehr defines "ghaur" as
"bottom; declivity; depression; depth (also fig.)." "Al Ghaur" is
defined as a "designation of that part of the Syrian Graben which
constitutes the Jordan valley."

--Ben Zimmer

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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