Re: Persian or Farsi? (was RE: Decimal separator with more than o ne c haracter?)

From: Noah Levitt (
Date: Wed May 21 2003 - 19:02:12 EDT

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    On Wed, May 21, 2003 at 23:50:59 +0200, Michael Everson wrote:
    > Does it indeed. I have a number of very authoritative dictionaries
    > and books which say otherwise. My Oxfords are at home and I am in
    > Rome, so I can't check them.

    OED says

      Farsi, n. (a.)

        a. = PARSEE 2. b. The Persian name for the modern Persian language; cf. PERSIAN n. 2. Also attrib. or as adj.

      Persian, a. and n.

        B. n.
        1. A native or inhabitant of Persia.
        2. The native language of Persia.

      Iranian, a. and n.


        B. n.
        1. A member of the Iranian race; a speaker of an Iranian language.
        2. The Iranian language.

    Which doesn't make things crystal clear to me.


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