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08 February 2010

Assonanze

Akbar Zeb has been turned down as Pakistani ambassador to Saudi Arabia because his Urdu surname means, in Arabic, penis.

On the other hand, President Lula of Brazil has a Portuguese name that means in Urdu the self-same appendage.

But then again, the late Chilean minister of works, Maximiliano Espinoza Pica, has a Spanish name that is Portuguese slang for the male member.

An interestingly-named Turkish diplomat figures in a famous wartime letter back to London from His Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to the Soviet Union.


(M. Steyn)

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