Arizonans throw a hissy fit over the word "haboob"

That’s right. They’re pissed off at using a Muslim word for “dust storm” now.

“I am insulted that local TV news crews are now calling this kind of storm a haboob,” Don Yonts, a resident of Gilbert, Ariz., wrote to The Arizona Republic after a particularly fierce, mile-high dust storm swept through the state on July 5. “How do they think our soldiers feel coming back to Arizona and hearing some Middle Eastern term?”

See, this is the problem. Dumbasses like Don here, who is emphatically not in the military himself, is speaking as though our “war” is against the entire Middle East. Not terrorists specifically, no. Everything Middle East. Because all Middle Easterners are in Al Qaeda, and Arabic is a specifically terrorist language.

I swear if Hitler had been brown we would have lost Volkswagen and Tab cola before they even landed on our shores.

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9 responses to “Arizonans throw a hissy fit over the word "haboob"

  1. girlofthegaps

    Having lived in Arizona for the first 14 years of my life, I’m more interested that there’s a word for this <i>specific</i> kind of dust storm than offended. I mean, I remember being home alone once during one of those; it was terrifying. You can see it coming towards you like a wall across the sky. So having a word to mean that, rather than just the catch-all “dust storm,” which can mean anything from that down to a wee little dust devil in a field somewhere, that makes sense. Why would anyone want to oppose using specific language?

  2. girlofthegaps

    Having lived in Arizona for the first 14 years of my life, I’m more interested that there’s a word for this specific kind of dust storm than offended. I mean, I remember being home alone once during one of those; it was terrifying. You can see it coming towards you like a wall across the sky. So having a word to mean that, rather than just the catch-all “dust storm,” which can mean anything from that down to a wee little dust devil in a field somewhere, that makes sense. Why would anyone want to oppose using specific language?

  3. I for one am outraged…How do you think those soldiers should feel coming home and hearing crazy Middle Eastern words like “BIBLE”, “CHRIST”, “Jerusalem”…OHHH SNAP, he got em’!!!

  4. I for one am outraged…How do you think those soldiers should feel coming home and hearing crazy Middle Eastern words like “BIBLE”, “CHRIST”, “JERUSALEM”…In closing, people are retarded.

  5. @grantstetz Slammed! Kaboom!

  6. This. So much. Thank you.

  7. @grantstetz

    “…people are retarded”

    Some aren’t, lots are, and this eejit from Gilbert sure as hell is.

    Funny thing, we’ve lived in AZ for nearly 23 years and never heard the term. Same goes for lots of friends. But now that we’ve heard it, we are using it. Don’t find it any more offensive than those Muslim numerals!

  8. Sorry, what does Tab cola have to do with this?

  9. @Zach I think he was referring to Fanta. A soft drink the Coca-Cola company made during WW2 so they could stay in business in Nazi Germany.

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