A new word or phrase from the Hans Wehr dictionary, every Wednesday.
استغلق عليه الكلام (kalāmu) he was unable to speak, he was struck dumb, he was speechless
Example: “حينَما رَأَوا الأَطْلالَ، اِستَغلَقَ عَلَيهِم الكلام”
Translation: “when they saw the ruins, they were speechless”
- This phrase is similar in form (and meaning) to استعصى عليه اللفظ which we covered in Wehr Wednesdays #59
- Seeing as this is the 100th Wehr Wednesdays post(!), this is the last of the vocabulary to be added to the Wehr Wednesdays Vocab (#1-100) Quizlet set—going forward, we’ll hopefully have a new vocab set for posts #101-200 in the series!
- If you know of any cool/odd/interesting/useful Arabic vocabulary that you think your fellow Arabic nerds would like to see in this series, don’t hesitate to get in touch!