Happy Humpday! August 9, 2017

Happy Humpday, folks! Wednesday means humpday means you’re halfway thru your workweek and well on your way to the weekend. As always, we’ve got some humpday fun for you in the form of camelfacts. Today we’d like to briefly discuss an aspect of the Bedouin language, specifically the word that is used to describe the very tip of the camel’s tail. Who were the Bedouin, you may ask?

Well, according to Wikipedia, “the Bedouin are a grouping of nomadic Arab peoples who have historically inhabited the desert regions in North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, and the Levant. The English word bedouin comes from the Arabic badawī, which means “desert dweller” and is traditionally contrasted with ḥāḍir, the term for sedentary people. Bedouin territory stretches from the vast deserts of North Africa to the rocky sands of the Middle East. They are traditionally divided into tribes, or clans, and share a common culture of herding camels and goats.”

Preamble aside, what was that very specific word for that very specific part of the camel anatomy? Drumroll, please…

Awesome! And if you find yourself filled with the adventurous spirit, wandering the deserts of Saudi Arabia… you never know, this sort of information could certainly be useful! Consider this your first lesson in the Bedouin language and consider class dismissed!


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