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Protests and Misspelled Signs and Arabic

Angry Muslims, amirite? Oops, his sign says

With all the protests over the past several years, it has become known that if the signs are misspelled, it’s a right-wing protest.

If you ever wondered if the same holds true for those signs you see written in Arabic in the protests in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, etc., no, it doesn’t.

Arabic, like many languages more sensible than English, is spelled how it sounds and sounds how it’s spelled. They don’t have spelling tests and spelling units and spelling bees. There are some regional variations in pronunciation, admittedly, but it’s nothing like the orthographic free-for-all we have in English.

So, as my picture above indicates, you can’t reliably guess an Arab protester’s alignment by the spelling.

Yeah, get a brain!

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