Re: BYE-BYE to the >H Right Wing

From: Brian D Williams (
Date: Thu Feb 14 2002 - 12:35:53 MST

>From: "Harvey Newstrom" <>

>But the word does not derive from any potable beverage. The word
>"alcohol" derives from the Arabic "Al-Kuhl" or "Al-Kahala".
>Kahala was a satiny powder used to paint the eyebrows. Alcohol
>was found to be a good solvent to dissolve the powder to produce
>smoother application. The word therefore refers to a solvent used
>as an ingredient in make-up. This was its basic meaning and how
>it was regarded by the Muslims. Anybody drinking alcohol to
>get high would be regarded like a solvent-sniffer in the West.

Yes, antimony specifically.

Beer of course was known and alcohol was commonly distilled from

The word "alcohol" is actually a medieval latin derivative from the
arabic "al-kuhl" learned from muslim scholars in medieval Europe.


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