|In the quest to
uncover and dispute many of the Indo-European conclusions, a problem arose:
which selected words were to begin this investigation? This was quickly
solved by simply randomly picking up key words, often introduced by the
members themselves in their messages. For example, lately our forum
spoke of a recent rush of "harassment" incidents in Cairo. This prompted
the idea to deal with buzz words such as "harass", and to investigate
their potential connection with the Arabic Language.
On West side
is the English word and on the East side of the hypothetical
"Kiritimati dividing line" is its Classical Arabic equivalent
in a parallel linguistic universe.
The reader will be
invited to discriminate between the real world and the other world of science
fiction and decide for himself or herself, which is which.
"HARASS" IN ENGLISH: To irritate or torment persistently. To wear out;
exhaust, fatigue etc.. To impede and exhaust (an enemy) by repeated attacks
or raids. To set a dog on, of Frankish/Germanic origin. Harass
systematic persecution by besieging with repeated annoyances, threats,
or demands. 1618, from Fr. harasser (1) "tire out,
vex," possibly from O.Fr. harrace "set a dog on.
Now, compare the
Arabic equivalent "Harrash" with the exact meaning of harassing,
including the sense of inciting dogs. Incidentally, the Arabic term
also means "harsh" and "scratch" (2). See below, the
corresponding definitions in Arabic :
The preceding test
is one among many (literally in the thousands) suggesting that tremendous
confusion about linguistics and cultural origins has come about from unsubstantiated
Indo-European etymological theories, and the time has now come to question
more seriously whether the hitherto various attempts by Westerners to prove
the Indo-European philological theories have any sound basis.
While the search
for relationships between languages is potentially valuable, finding linguistic
similarities could buttress only one topic -- culture contact.
When it comes to the study of culture and civilization, the Western approach
has always been tailored to exacting Western specifications. This
is obvious in the study of language, history, religion, law, archaeology
and nearly everything else.
Contrary to the
general belief that civilizations and their languages developed in a unilateral
fashion, history teaches us that past civilizations emerged separately.
At times, through interaction, these civilizations converged, effectively
leading to an amalgamation forming a new hybrid civilization, and then
eventually diverged again. This process, which continued in a perpetual
sequence of convergence and divergence, is reflected in languages.