Chez Osama

According to the BBC, the Osama bin Laden house was known locally as “Waziristan Haveli” or “Waziristan Mansion,” which is probably why the government and the press started calling it that.

Now, the Online Oxford English Dictionary doesn’t agree with me (“origin unknown”), but I wouldn’t be surprised if “haveli” isn’t from a Sanskrit root that moved into the European side of the Indo-European Languages divide as “hovel”. To quote Neil Stephenson, it’s “what a Pakistani bricklayer would consider prosperity.”

Just sayin.



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