Brad Messer Commentary
Thursday, Mar. 27, 2003

 

Why the H in Baghdad?

What is the capitol of Iraq?

Baghdad. Simple, easy to say. Bag-dad. It is not pronounced Bag-huh-dad. If it isn't Bag-huh-dad why does it have an h in the middle? Does that make sense?

Let me explain something with sound effects. If I drew a square, making the four lines could sound like this ____ _. The _ is when the lines connect. Drawing a pyramid could sound like ____ _. A circle would sound a bit more complicated ____ and then as the line completes the circle _.

You know Arabic. It's all those curvey squiggley bendy lines. Using the sound system, do you know how the Iraqi people write Baghdad in Arabic? ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ _.

There's no h in that, is there!

So— we don't put the h in Baghdad to remain true to Arabic; we don't put an h in Baghdad because it's pronounced bag-huh-dad.

Why the H is there an h in Baghdad?

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.


 

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