Monday, 15 February 2010

Taliban Taleban


Taleban in The Times, Taliban on the BBC. The first casualty of war is not innocence but regularised spelling.

The high command meet to work out how they're spelled

P.S. The only proper rhyme I can think of for Taliban is Caliban from The Tempest. This makes me suspicious.

1 comment:

  1. Forgivable. There are two basic transliteration systems for Persianate languages. One renders all Arabic-script features according to their pronunciation Arabic. This system gives "Taliban." The other attempts to reproduce the pronunciation in Persian (or Dari or whatever). This system gives "Taleban."

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