Etymology, Etymology, and more Etymology
as well as grammar, usage, euphemism, slang, jargon, semantics, linguistics, neologism, idiom, cant, and argot.
The critically-acclaimed board game
consists of tough questions about the nuances of the English language.
the Taj Mahal
Mahal literally means "the best of buildings" in Persian. It labels a
mausoleum in Agra, India, built in the 1630s by Shah Jahan for his just
deceased favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal.
The name comes from Taj Persian, the language of the Mughal
court, meaning crown, and Mahal means palace. Most sources suggest that Taj
Mahal is a shorter variant of Mumtaz Mahal, the nickname of Arjumand Banu
Begum, meaning First Lady of the Palace.
Before it became the name of one of the world's
most beautiful buildings, Taj Mahal was the name of a woman. She was Arjumand
Banu Begum (begum is a title for a Muslim woman of high social rank), the
favorite wife of Shah Jahan, who was the Muslim ruler of India's Mughal Empire
from 1628 to 1658. He affectionately called her Mumtaz Mahal, meaning
“ornament of the palace.” The name Taj Mahal…
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