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ăr , an old form for ad; v. ad
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From:ypocras
Date:March 17th, 2006 08:29 am (UTC)
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Just learned that the medieval Venetians were professional pirate-hunters (sorry, ballincollig.

Bartholomaeus Anglicus says of them:
"Dalmatum et Sclauorum piratarum praedam Tyrannicam reprimit et compescit."

And on the Dalmatians he says: "Gens illius terrae est fortis et robusta, praedis dedita et rapinis, piraticam enim vitam ex ipsis plurimi ducunt."

Yo ho, YO HO, piratica vita mihi...
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From:jdm314
Date:March 17th, 2006 10:02 am (UTC)
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Ha!

It's amusing you should post this now, because just last night I was reading this post on the history of "arrrr." Also it's amusing because it gives me a chance to use this brand new userpic for the first time!

I always like to joke that Roman pirates probably said errrrrrr. Likewise Greek pirates would have said ῤῤῤῤῤῤῤῤῥῶ. And Phoenician pirates presumably would have said ררררררררש. It's all perfectly logical.
From:yadfothgildloc
Date:March 18th, 2006 11:23 am (UTC)
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I fail to see the relationship between "arrr", "errrr," "ῤῤῤῤῤῤῤῤῥῶ" and "ררררררררש." arrr is a perfectly acceptable phonetic combo in each of those languages...

What's the joke?
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From:jdm314
Date:March 18th, 2006 11:55 am (UTC)
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heheheheh. They're the names of the letter that represents /r/ in each of the languages.

The Phoenician is of course not known for sure, but it's a logical guess, given the name in Aramaic (later borrowed into Hebrew), and given the fact that Phoenician usually drops alephs when they're silent.
From:yadfothgildloc
Date:March 18th, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
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...I should'a been able to figure that one out. Bah.
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From:gabychka
Date:March 17th, 2006 10:35 am (UTC)
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Great afternoon chuckle! :)
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