Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Apr 25 14:02:41 UTC 2013

Sounds mighty suspicious.

Meanwhile, and again interesting from the point of view of linguistic
infotainment, Joker's uncle and mom have both mentioned an older man named
Misha, an Armenian, who, in mom's words, "opened our eyes" to Islam. She
describes him as a wonderful person.  Pretty inconclusive, you say.

Though we know nothing more about him, he is now, according to CNN, the
"mysterious man named Misha" who "may have had a mesmerizing influence on
the brothers."

You can't beat alliteration. Unless you're the late Johnnie Cochran..


On Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 8:42 AM, Amy West <medievalist at w-sts.com> wrote:

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> On 4/25/13 12:02 AM, Automatic digest processor wrote:
> >>>> >> >Russified <Tsarnaev> [tsahr-NA-yeff] variously anglified:
> [zar-NA-yev],
> >>>> >> >even heard an early [Sarnoff]. The patronymic <Anzorovich>
> identifies the
> >>>> >> >alleged father, <Anzor>. Black hat Tamerlan [tammer-LANN] (no
> doubt yearned
> >>>> >> >to live up to his namesake, Tamerlane 1336-1405, <When I rise
> from the
> >>>> >> >dead, the world shall tremble!>)
> > I'm so glad that I'm not the only one who was thinking that. I have not
> > heard a peep re: this on the one medieval list I read. (And my youngest
> > played soccer with a Timur. . . ) I downloaded Marlowe's "Tamburlaine"
> > to read, but I can't recall what the medieval source would have been
> > that Marlowe used. . .
> And then later on in the day I remembered the connection between Boston
> and the name "Tamerlane" that had been nagging at the back of my mind:
> Poe's first collection of poems was published in Boston in 1829?. The
> title? _Tamerlane and Other Poems_. While Poe was born in Boston, he
> didn't grow up here, and he left Boston in a huff after the publication.
> ---Amy West
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