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Old May 22nd, 2010, 12:29 PM
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Default Re: Nakhla or Shisha?

Originally Posted by Coyotero View Post
Referring to tobacco as "Shisha" is popular in the states, but linguistically inconsistent with other parts of the world. This can lead to all kinds of fun confusion.

In most of the Arab world, the word Shisha (Meaning glass) refers to the pipe.

At some point along the line, Shisha tobacco (Tobacco for a shisha pipe) got shortened to just "shisha" and the name has stuck in the west.

The word "hookah" (Huqqa) is from India, and is the indian word for the pipe, that fell into common English usage during the British Raj. It is not the word they use in the mideast, where Shisha or Nargile refer to the pipe.

Isn't linguistics fun?
Thank you for clearing that up, Coyo.
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