[Ads-l] haboob

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Thu Jun 2 17:30:34 UTC 2016

But how do they feel about alcohol?

Jim Parish

On 6/2/2016 12:23 PM, Dan Goncharoff wrote:
> I guess they oppose the teaching of algebra...maybe calculus, too, since
> its Latin...
> DanG
> On Thu, Jun 2, 2016 at 9:57 AM, James A. Landau <JJJRLandau at netscape.com>
> wrote:
>> Today's Jerusalem Post
>> http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Dust-Storm-or-Haboob-Texans-flip-over-weathermans-choice-of-terminology-455723
>> <begin quote>
>> Dust Storm, or 'Haboob?' - Texans flip over weatherman's choice of
>> terminology
>> <snip>
>> When a dust storm was referred to on Monday as "Haboob," locals of Lubbock
>> Texas did not shy away from speaking up on the weather service's Facebook
>> page in order to express disdain over the chosen word, of Arabic origin.
>> <snip>
>> A third Texan took the opportunity to address the impending US election
>> and express his support for Republican candidate Donald Trump, saying, "I
>> for one cannot wait until those gosh dang democrats get swept out of office
>> cause you know the Donald will not allow these Islam loving words to be
>> used in the good ole US of A. We have a new haboob on the way.....and his
>> name is Trump, the biggest haboob in the world!!!!"
>> <snip>
>> Yet, to balance out these extreme reactions, some moderates looked down on
>> the comments of the "ignorant" Texans who were overly critical of a weather
>> term which, although of Arabic origin, was entirely appropriate. "Haboob"
>> is used to describe intense dust storms often associated with
>> thunderstorms, typical in the Middle East and Africa. It stems from  the
>> word "habb," which, in Arabic, means "wind" or "to blow." It's use was not
>> at all misappropriated.
>> <snip>
>> Another wrote, "To all of you people complaining about a word. Do you all
>> realize how stupid y'all look? I mean, the rest of the country and the
>> world is laughing at y'all. Lmao [sic] stop getting offended over nothing.
>> It's super annoying to the civilized world. We work too hard to make
>> humanity modern and non-draconian to allow this sort of BS. Thanks."
>> <end quote>
>> I might the "third Texan" quoted above is being logically inconsistent.
>> Is there such a word as "misappropriated"?
>> -James A. Landau
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