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November 02, 2007


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Jussi Jalonen

The word "tas" for the 10-numeral is interesting. The Udmurtian and the Komi languages use the equivalent word "das" for the same number, from which the Hungarians have derived their "tíz". The origins of that one are quite clear: it's Iranian.

"Haraz" for 1000 isn't that far away from the Hanti and Mansi words "śarɘs" and "sõtɘr", or the Hungarian "ezer". This word is supposed to be an Indo-Aryan loan, by the way.


J. J.


Makes you think of the original title of Arabian Nights: hazar-o yek shab. It seems somehow appropriate that the word for house should weather the vicissitudes of dialect so well. Latin domus, Greek domos, Sanskrit damah, Old Slavonic dom, PIE root dom-.


Damn, now I sound like a me-too for mentioning Hungarian. I hate that.

Doug (not Muir)

Don't ever feel bad for mentioning Hungarian!

Egy, ketto, harom, negy, ot, hat, het, nyolc, kilenc, tiz. (Plus the diacritical marks, of course.)


Hazaar is thousand in Farsi, Hindi, and Urdu.

Armenian seems to follow Indo-Iranic (especially Farsi) languages just less than half the time (for 1, 4,8, and 10). Which makes sense.


To confuse people even more "hazar" is also the word for lettuce. But most of the produce vendors don't refer to it as that for some reason, they call it "marol" usually.


Well, that's because marol is marol. ;-) It's a kind of Romaine lettuce, not what we would call lettuce usually (which is butter lettuce, IIRC) - maybe that's why? The Turks, btw, use the same word, almost: Marul. One of the things I love, love, love about Armenia is the food, and maru/ol tops the list.

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