Monday, October 08, 2007

Too good to pass up.

So today I was perusing a book on the basics of Aramaic. I was starting at the very beginning where it described the alphabet. It gave each letter, along with the name of the letter and a description of how to pronounce the letter. My favorite was the letter Ayin, which in Hebrew is a silent letter. But in Aramaic is a...

"voiced laryngal (similar to the sound of incipient vomiting)"

Aramaic is such a lovely language. I'll bet Aramaic poetry is just delightful, filled with the repeated sounds of incipient vomiting.

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