The Etruscans lived in central Italy more than 2500 years ago. They were "the teachers of our teachers," the Romans. Yet we still can't be sure where they came from. The key to unlocking the Etruscan enigma may lie in genetics and linguistics.
In Canada, an imam from Iran has joined up with his next-door neighbor, a Reform rabbi, to help raise funds to resettle families fleeing civil war. What brought the unlikely duo together? It began with parking.
If you want to upset French language purists, learn to speak Chiac. It's a dialect of Acadian French spoken in New Brunswick that borrows liberally from English. Even as other North American dialects and languages are vanishing, Chiac seems to be sticking around.
“If you think about 'Fiddler on the Roof' for example, there’s no scene where Tevye and his family are sitting around eating pastrami sandwiches,” says Merwin. “This was like the caviar of eastern European Jewish life.”
He and his wife were born and raised in Iran and moved to Canada more than three decades ago to escape political violence. But Mohammad and Ashraf Mohyeddin, soon to celebrate their 80th anniversary, still miss their homeland.
Southwest Airlines now says the college student it removed from a flight was ejected because another passenger believed he had made "threatening comments," including using the term "inshallah" — Arabic for "God willing."