18 September 2007
unclaimed Semitic Pizza
There are currently 2 unsolved PizzaQs involving Semitic languages.
One, a detail of a wood sculpture of a Qur'an passage, is ... well, maybe hopeless.
EXCEPT that when it was set as a puzzle on the photographer's website, SOMEBODY (about the 40th person who tried) guessed the answer correctly!
So don't despair. Keep trying.
But this one, my new pump tatt, two lousy words in Hebrew, clearly spelled, writ large ... Even in the first post, it was just reeking with clues.
The top word would be immediately familiar to any modern Israeli adult. Possibly this word *isn't* a common word in ancient (Biblical) Hebrew. But it's very common in modern Israeli secular spoken and written Hebrew.
The bottom word -- much more globally portable and famous, and was probably first an Arabic word, still today very familiar all over the Middle East. Same word is very commonly transliterated into the Roman alphabet and so is a well-known word all over Western Europe and North America. Betcha Cyrillic knows it very well, too.
Hint Hint notice also the visual design and color of the tatt Hint Hint Clue Klew.
To really rub it in, I copied these two words from an image of a big-ass banner that was hanging in broad daylight on a street, probably in Tel Aviv. In that original, each letter was probably 2 meters tall.
This is simply NOT a shy or an obscure thing.
Now I'll throw in the Hebrew/Ivrit alephbet just to make it Kindergarten simple.
So where are the vowels? Does this say Ooooo Ayyy? Or Eeeeee Ahhh?
In modern Hebrew, and likewise in Yiddish, which uses this same alephbet, only the Little Kiddies need vowels. Grown-up people just KNOW what the proper vowel sounds are.
I don't know why the IT Guy from the USA state shaped like the palm of the right hand hasn't claimed his pizza. It's just New Year's, I don't think it's Yom Kippur yet.
But SOMEBODY should be able to figure this out. It's just about as easy as the Dr. Evil PizzaQ.