Monday, July 21, 2008

Speak and spell

AA Gill on Channel 4's big Islam documentary:

And how annoying to apply the politically correct spelling of Qur’an to show you’re right-on, but still pronounce it Koran because you’re frightened of sounding like a prat.

6 comments:

Rimshot said...

Pardon my ignorance, but is there a difference between Islam and Muslim?

Sheepishly,

Rimshot

pleite said...

Rimshot, it's the same as the difference between Christianity and Christian, I think. And now I can't remember whether those words warrant a capital letter or not.

Christopher Campbell-Howes said...

I'm not certain that Darren Pattinson warrants his name in capitals.

Billy said...

Muslim is the participle, Islam the infinitive.

llewtrah said...

I tried speaking Arabic when in Arabic-speaking countries, but I kept running out of phlegm.

Islam is the religion, Muslim is the follower.

Tim Footman said...

There, a free religious studies lesson. I may be up my own arse, but I'm good value.

And Christopher: his bowling figures were better than Flintoff's or Broad's, and he got as many runs as Vaughan. Small shreds of comfort, I know, but he's clearly no Eric the Eel, as some were predicting.