08 12 / 2011

حبّ … The simplest most versatile Arabic word for love. To say it one must commit the entire mouth from the throat to the lips, symbolic of the commitment of life in love. The word starts with a Ha2, formed by saying an H with a tightened throat, forcing breath through a narrowed passage until it spreads across the inside of the mouth, passing over the tongue and coming to rest at the lips. There the Ba2 lingers, extending the shedde for as long as breath can be held, as long as the word can last, as long as the emotion exists.

حبّ … The simplest most versatile Arabic word for love. To say it one must commit the entire mouth from the throat to the lips, symbolic of the commitment of life in love. The word starts with a Ha2, formed by saying an H with a tightened throat, forcing breath through a narrowed passage until it spreads across the inside of the mouth, passing over the tongue and coming to rest at the lips. There the Ba2 lingers, extending the shedde for as long as breath can be held, as long as the word can last, as long as the emotion exists.

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