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« on: July 12, 2019, 09:55:14 am »





                                 


Pakistan's late and corrupt PM was the only one who ever had this name.  Why is the name so rare?  What pushed her parents (or whoever) to select this quirky moniker for their first born child?

'Nazir' is originally an Arabic word with root ن ظ ر‎  or n-ẓ-r  (نَظِير in Arabic or نظیر in Farsi)  means "radiant or bright."  It also alludes to a responsible person who is "vigilant" or a "watcher."   It's a very popular name for Muslim males particularly in south Asia.

The Noble Quran mentions the word "nazir" to describe the radiance or luminescence on the faces of the residents of Jannah (Paradise).

"wujūhun yawma-izhin nāziratun" (75:22  Al-Qiyamah).
"[Some] faces, that Day, will be radiant," 

"taʿrifu fi wujūhihim nazrata al-naʿīmi"  (83:24  Al-Mutafifin).
"You will find in their faces the brightness of bliss."


During the time of the Mughuls in south Asia in the 14th century onward, 'nazir' was primarily the title given to a court official who served the king, acted as treasurer and handled other similar significant duties.   This concept gradually emerged and prevailed only in the south Asian subcontinent.  With the passage of time, various senior officials handling important duties for the king came to be known as 'nazir.'  Thus the conceptualization of the term 'nazir'  arose as 'similar or parallel' alluding to similar senior officials within a limited south Asian circle .... that is, similar officials who were vigilant watchers.

Whoever suggested Miss Bhutto's name to her parents made a wrong out of a right by giving her parents a bum steer.  That person nor her parents obviously knew nothing of the tradition of 'nazir' ( referring collectively to senior officials) at the Mughul court.  They assumed the standard definition of the term "nazir" to be 'similar or parallel' and adding "be" ( بے )  would make it 'uncommon or unparallel.'

But the standard definition of "nazir" is bright or radiant.  Adding "be" would mean 'without radiance or without brightness' that is,  dull, drab or lusterless.

Even if you pick the definition of "nazir" as "vigilant" or a "watcher,"  adding "be" ( بے ) would define it as 'negligent or inattentive."

With their scant knowledge of Arabic, Farsi and Urdu, late Miss Bhutto's late parents assumed the meaning of the word 'nazir' to be 'commonplace.'   While searching for an unique name for their daughter, they named her 'benazir.'  They thought it meant 'uncommon,  dissimilar    or unique.'  It actually meant the opposite ...... and how deftly she proved them right!

About the most awkward and humiliating blunder one can imagine!    One would think, don't the Pakistanis understand their national language to have caught this gaffe?  Or did they take it for granted that families of feudal dictators and fake aristocrats can never make mistakes?


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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2019, 10:37:27 am »


                                               LaaughingAway


You know I thought of this several times, what the heck is this name that starts with بے  as a prefix of a word that carries a complimentary definition?

Amazing ha?  And as you said, no idiot has the b@lls to pick the gaffe and show it to the public.


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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2019, 02:46:02 pm »



Good grief!  faux pas of the millennium  Grin

Btw, was that woman really 55 when she died?  Looks a lot older .......
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« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2019, 02:49:55 pm »



lol, yeah .... ..  height of indecorum. 

Her official age when she died was supposedly 54.  She was actually at least 4 years older, not a day less than 58.   Looked 60.   If she was alive today would be 70 and I'm sure would look in mid 70s.
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« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2019, 02:58:04 pm »



 Cheesy  yeah, and that too after extensive plastic surgery procedures of nose job, chin job and surgical lips reshaping.   Prior to plastic surgery she looked like that hideous tennis player, Martina Navratilova.
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« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2019, 03:00:25 pm »



Really!
 

Cheesy  ................  Prior to plastic surgery she looked like that hideous tennis player, Martina Navratilova.

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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2019, 03:06:24 pm »



OMG !!    What an unforgettable howler.    What language did this weird looking triple-chinned woman's family speak?    When parents are naming their new born, they scan the definition of every suggested name thoroughly. 
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« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2019, 03:24:04 pm »



Father was a feudal ethnically from Pakistan's southern province of Sindh and spoke the local Sindhi language in addition to his shrieky English he learned from Oxford.  The mother had no reliable ethnic identity except that she was viewed a Pakistani during her lifetime.  She couldn't speak any language flawlessly.  According to storytellers she had her roots in some Kurdish Persian family and her ancestors migrated to south Asia some 500 years ago.   That way any one could be from any where.    Of course she didn't know a word of Farsi and her family is totally unknown even in Pakistan.

   
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« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2019, 03:28:41 pm »



~   puffing a deep breath ~   

 Cheesy Grin Cheesy Grin
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