tuque /tūk/ n Canadian English, var. toque [19th c. Canadian French, from the French toque, from the Basque tauka] 1 A close-fitting knitted cap, often with a long tapering end or tassel or pompom. 2 fig Something quintessentially Canadian.
souq /sūk/ n from the Arabic سوق var. souk 1 An open-air marketplace. 2 fig A central meeting place for the circulation of news and ideas.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

April Fools (according to the Persian calendar)

According to the Times Online, an Iranian news agency's claim that the Islamic Republic's military had forced down a U.S. war plane and interrogated its crew may have been a hoax.

According to the article, the Fars News Agency reported today that an American plane accidentally entered Iranian airspace and was forced to land, whereupon officials questioned the crew until satisfied that the invasion of airspace was accidental.

After the Pentagon went nuts for a few hours trying to account for all of its planes in the region, it finally issued a statement claiming the Iranian story was false, and then news leaked from Iranian military sources that the plane in question was not an American war plane but a Hungarian commercial plane, and that the whole incident happened a week ago.

Anybody know the Persian word for "Gotcha!" ?

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