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"Queer" or "Homosexual" for Masala (Boston)[edit]

  • The original disambiguation for Masala (Boston) used the word "queer" rather than "homosexual" for the very good reason that this is the word used by MASALA to describe itself [1]. I've added a hyperlink to homosexual to remove any confusion. Neither "queer" nor "homosexual" is a more neutral term than the other: both, along with other terms such as "gay", "LGBT", "GLBT" etc., are neutral terms with varying shades of meaning. Given that MASALA itself uses "queer" and that this is a term widely used and understood both in homosexual/gay/queer/LGBT organizations and in the broader public, it seems wisest to use this term for disambiguation. Interlingua talk email 22:27, 16 May 2007 (UTC)


Does anyone know the etymology of this word? Is it Indian in origin, or is it an Arabic loanword? -- 23:25, 16 August 2007 (UTC).

The Oxford English Dictionary traces the etymology from English to Arabic as follows:

"Etymology: < Urdu maṣālā, variant of maṣāliḥ ingredients, materials, condiments, spices, etc. < Persian maṣāliḥ < Arabic maṣāliḥ, plural of maṣlaḥa matter, affair, benefit, source of improvement < ṣalaḥa to be proper, to be serviceable or suitable."

— O'Dea (talk) 10:56, 29 August 2013 (UTC)

WikiProject class rating[edit]

This article was automatically assessed because at least one WikiProject had rated the article as stub, and the rating on other projects was brought up to Stub class. BetacommandBot 18:44, 9 November 2007 (UTC)


An IPA pronunciation would be good. Is it stressed on the first or the second syllable? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Doric Loon (talkcontribs) 10:39, 13 February 2008 (UTC)

I'm not very good with IPA, but it is stressed on the second sylable, so as to be pronounced "muh-SAA-la". -- (talk) 17:52, 23 December 2008 (UTC)
"Muh"? It is ma-SA-la, as spelled, emphasis on the second syllable, all three syllables rhyming with each other. — O'Dea (talk) 10:47, 29 August 2013 (UTC)

Assessment comment[edit]

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Last edited at 18:56, 8 August 2007 (UTC). Substituted at 20:05, 1 May 2016 (UTC)