People In Arizona Offended By Middle Eastern Dust Storm Words?

2011 - 07 - 18 - dust storm

According to the NYTimes, some people in Arizona are offended by the term “Haboob” when referring to dust storms. I don’t know if the short NYTimes article is being sensationalist or if there are more than a few people cited in the article that are actually offended.

Not everyone was put out by the use of the term. David Wilson of Goodyear, Ariz., said those who wanted to avoid Arabic terms should steer clear of algebra, zero, pajamas and khaki, as well. “Let’s not become so ‘xenophobic’ that we forget to remember that we are citizens of the world, nor fail to recognize the contributions of all cultures to the richness of our language,” he wrote.

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Arizona Dust Storm Pictures

These photos were taken by my Cousin (forwarded by my Dad, thanks Dad!). This is one thing Arizona is famous for. The area between Phoenix and Tucson gets the type of dust storms that you saw in the Movie “Stargate”. The area she was in was just south of Phoenix. I didn’t ask her permission to post these so I hope she doesn’t mind!

These are pictures from the Dust Storm on Friday the 13th. I had to pull off the highway because visibility was at zero. As you can see in the first two photos I was approaching the dust storm. It was about 6:00 in the evening or so and I was leaving the Ahwatukee/Chandler heading towards Casa Grande. Just thought I would share.