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Monday, March 09, 2009

Happy Eid al-Msakr!

As I mentioned yesterday, Purim was translated into Arabic as Eid al-Msakr. I was trying to figure out what hebrew word might be cognate to "mskr" to figure out what it meant, and Suzanne in the comments noted that the M might mean "of" in Arabic. Her guess was that "sakr" means "satire," but I think I came up with a much more likely root word:

שכר

It is the festival for getting drunk!

Have a freilichen Purim, everybody!