Ok, Arabic language readers, help us out here. ....say what?

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    Jan 24, 2009 5:06 PM GMT
    fail owned pwned pictures
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    Jan 24, 2009 5:08 PM GMT
    Butt is an Indian surname. Let me dig out another name from a local newspaper here.
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    Jan 24, 2009 5:25 PM GMT
    Eureka!

    Now READ ALOUD!

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    Jan 24, 2009 5:31 PM GMT
    ROFLMAO! Is that real zim?! icon_lol.gificon_eek.gif

    EDIT: You should submit that to that Engrish site.
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    Jan 24, 2009 5:40 PM GMT
    I don't actually find it particularly funny as I'm used to seeing and even pronouncing it --esp. when I worked in a hospital here. icon_neutral.gif

    Here's the full article:
    http://7days.ae/storydetails.php?id=46704&page=local news&title=The Write Stuff

    The funny thing about this article is the lead statement (hmm... my Journalism teacher in high school would be so proud I remember that term!): "Indian expert offers his special skills to help crack cases in Dubai"

    "Crack"? Now that made it funny-er icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 24, 2009 5:52 PM GMT
    I do hope it's not because his parents were really really evil. icon_lol.gif And maybe the writer was fully aware of the pun too.
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    Jan 24, 2009 9:42 PM GMT
    Um, I think Butt is a proper name there so it literally is saying sweets of Butt

    i don't know of "bt" being any other word but I don't have a knowledge of all the Arabic dialects, just my own.
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    Jan 24, 2009 9:51 PM GMT
    So I don't read Arabic, but in I can help out in the area of Indian surnames.

    The surname Butt is fairly common among Muslims in Pakistan and some parts of Northern India. It should not be confused with the Hindu last name Bhatt, which is very common all over Northern India.

    As for Shitole, that is a common last name among people from Maharashtra whose families come from the Maratha/Kshatriya or warrior caste.
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    Jan 24, 2009 10:07 PM GMT
    Looks like Farsi, Pakistani, or something similar. It's got letters there that Arabic doesn't use.
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    Jan 24, 2009 10:10 PM GMT
    It's very likely Urdu, the national language of Pakistan (which is also spoken by many Muslims in India). It utilizes a modified Arabic script, mostly Hindi/Hindustani grammar and a vocabulary that's a mix of Hindi, Arabic and Persian/Farsi.
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    Jan 24, 2009 10:13 PM GMT
    The first word, حلويات, means "sweetmeat" in Farsi. I can't figure out what the second word, بت, is, but it's pronounced "bat".
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    Jan 24, 2009 10:15 PM GMT
    skifan08 saidIt's very likely Urdu, the national language of Pakistan (which is also spoken by many Muslims in India). It utilizes a modified Arabic script, mostly Hindi/Hindustani grammar and a vocabulary that's a mix of Hindi, Arabic and Persian/Farsi.


    Yeah I was studying Farsi and Arabic in high school, looks more like Urdu than Arabic, and none of them sound at all alike.
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    Jan 24, 2009 10:18 PM GMT


    Butt is also a European last name and in the US too - take a look at your local phone book.

    Alexandria, for example, has 13 Butts in the book. That's sounds funny.
    Vancouver Canada's phone book has about 18 - sorry. no time to count - making soup I have to run upstairs to check on......................


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    Jan 24, 2009 10:20 PM GMT


    OK I'm back . This reminds me of a commercial I saw about
    Sam 'n' Ella's chicken. All the callers to make reservations kept hanging up when they heard the name aloud!
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    Jan 24, 2009 10:21 PM GMT
    flex89 said
    skifan08 saidIt's very likely Urdu, the national language of Pakistan (which is also spoken by many Muslims in India). It utilizes a modified Arabic script, mostly Hindi/Hindustani grammar and a vocabulary that's a mix of Hindi, Arabic and Persian/Farsi.


    Yeah I was studying Farsi and Arabic in high school, looks more like Urdu than Arabic, and none of them sound at all alike.


    Oh, wow - quite the language scholar! I'm impressed.
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    Jan 25, 2009 2:47 AM GMT
    meninlove said

    Butt is also a European last name and in the US too - take a look at your local phone book.

    Alexandria, for example, has 13 Butts in the book. That's sounds funny.
    Vancouver Canada's phone book has about 18 - sorry. no time to count - making soup I have to run upstairs to check on......................

    I know "Butt" can be a name. But one needs to be careful going from one language to another....or you end up naming your shop "Butt Sweets"

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    Jan 25, 2009 3:06 AM GMT

    I know, ever time I think about I start laughing.

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    Jan 25, 2009 12:46 PM GMT
    hey guys, i speak arabic so i can help you out.

    the first word, حلويات , means sweets as translated under in english.

    the second word, بت, is a name. but not an arabic name and the word makes no sense in arabic. it is pronounced "bet" in arabic and not butt.

    now this picture is obviously taken from a site where they show randome/funny pictures.
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    Jan 25, 2009 12:50 PM GMT
    oh and actually this could be taken in a non-arabic country. it could be Iran or Pakistan as they also use the arabic letters and have a few common words with arabic. I couldnt recognise the other islamic-like writings around it.