Amazing how ideas just pop into your head when you read other people's postsCould it have anything to do with the number six? As you know the word مسدس also means "hexagon."
Now this is a harder one I hope we can find a valid guess for it or, better of course, an established explanation.I in turn wonder where فرد (meaning "gun") comes from.
Yes, Cherine, I think your hypothesis is correct. I recall my Arabic professor telling us about the word musaddas and the fact it was called this way because guns normally had six bullets. He was very excited about it and I was too.... I love these etymological connections!!!Amazing how ideas just pop into your head when you read other people's posts
I didn't doubt about the "six" thing, what confused me was what does it have to do with guns.
Now I think I got it : it's the number of bullets. Don't guns (the simpler ones at least, those used in older movies) have six bullets ?
Now this is a harder one I hope we can find a valid guess for it or, better of course, an established explanation.
No, I've never heard this. I wonder why anyone would want to avoid saying the number five.And talking of fard "one", I've heard the expression "arba3 ufard" for "five", perhaps as an euphemism in order to avoid for some (taboo?) reason the number "khamsa". Sounds familiar to anyone?