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In the name of God (an invocation used by Muslims at the beginning of an undertaking).
- ‘Each threw seven times, chanting ‘bismillah’ and ‘Allahu Akbar’.’
- ‘Passengers were gloomy this morning, I said ‘bismillah’ to myself before stepping onto the 8.33 to Kings Cross.’
- ‘It was only after he recited bismillah (Muslim phrase said prior to the commencement of any activity) that the lock turned.’
- ‘‘The first thing I learnt was ‘bismillah irrahman irrahim’.’
From Arabic bi-smi-llāh, the first words of the Koran.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.