Two Alleged Arabic Etymologies

  title={Two Alleged Arabic Etymologies},
  author={Alan S. Kaye},
  journal={Journal of Near Eastern Studies},
  pages={109 - 111}
  • A. Kaye
  • Published 1 April 2005
  • Linguistics
  • Journal of Near Eastern Studies
Himilce Novas unequivocally asserts that Spanish Olé ‘Bravo!’ is a borrowing from Arabic Allah ‘God’.1 He puts it this way: “So when Spaniards cry ‘Olé ’ at a bullfight, they are saying, ‘Praise Allah!’ even if what they really mean is “Viva” . . . , “Long live” . . . In a sense, no single word could be said to encapsulate as much history as that three-letter word ‘Olé ’—seven centuries of history, to be precise.” In checking the standard etymological dictionary of Spanish, we note the… 
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