Monday, 12 January 2009

Paki

Pakistan means "Land of the Pure" in Urdu. "Stan" is land, "Pak" is pure and "Paki" is the genetive formation.

Afghanistan means "Land of the Horse", although you have to go back to Sanskrit to get Horse from Afghan.

I trust everyone who considers "Paki" an unacceptable abbreviation for Pakistani is equally scrupulous about avoiding "Afghani".

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