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From: mark millman <millman@us.ncipher.com>
Subject: some Hindi, some Hebrew
Date: Tue, 04 Dec 2001 10:27:53 -0500

"Choora" is a specific word for a type of Afghan military 
knife, from the region around the Khyber Pass, meant to 
pierce mail armor; it's single-edged, sharply tapered, and 
has a reinforced spine. 

I don't have any idea of what "gaon" might mean in Hin-
di; but I wonder if it mightn't have suggested itself to 
Wolfe through the association with the Hebrew word 
"gaon", genius (in the sense of a remarkable intellect, not 
spirit, as in the Latin _genius loci_).  The word is proba-
bly best known to English-speakers as the epithet of 
the eighteenth-century Rabbi Eliyahu (Elijah ben Solomon 
Zalman) of Vilnius, who was known as the Vilna Gaon. 


At 06:10 AM 12/3/2001 -0800, alga wrote:

> Eule wrote:
>> Hindu----not so sure about the 
>> accuracy but fwiw:
>> choora - four (the Rajan's knife)
> I can count to ten in Hindi--though I need 
> a jog to get started. Choora is not four.
> [snip]
>> gaon - knowledge understanding knowing
> [snip]

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