Saturday, October 27, 2012


"local security men briefly abandoned Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani to take pictures of his glamorous wife, Sheikha Moza, calling her “mouzza”, or “hot chick”, to get her full attention."  Oh, no, Economist.  They were calling her "mouzza" because that is her name and it means "banana" (in classical Arabic and in mashriqi dialect) and not hot chick".  In Gulf Arabic, mouzza means a diamond or pearl.