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Jul 29, 9:31 AM (ET)
(AP) Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures as he talks at a news conference in Dushanbe,...
[Note: For the record, he had a clenched fist, which isn't necessarily a rude gesture . . . ]
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered government and cultural bodies to use modified Persian words to replace foreign words that have crept into the language, such as "pizzas" which will now be known as "elastic loaves," state media reported Saturday.
The presidential decree, issued earlier this week, orders all governmental agencies, newspapers and publications to use words deemed more appropriate by the official language watchdog, the Farhangestan Zaban e Farsi, or Persian Academy, the Irna official news agency reported.
I'm sure glad we don't have to call them "flat, round baked Italian dough with tomato sauce and cheese" in English! That takes longer to say than it does to eat!
With apologies to the late Dean Martin:
Quand la lune frappe votre oeil comme un grand pâté en croûte de pizza qui est amore!