Sunday, October 11, 2009

That Fruit is Smokin'

funny word of the day: hookah

Definition from American Heritage Dictionary:

hook·ah (hk)
An Eastern smoking pipe designed with a long tube passing through an urn of water that cools the smoke as it is drawn through. Also called hubble-bubble, narghile.
[Urdu, from Arabic uqqa, small box, the hookah's water urn, from aqqa, to be true, be suitable; see qq in Semitic roots.]

According to Wikipedia, a hookah (Hindi: हुक़्क़ा, Urdu: حقّہ hukkah), nargile in Turkish, or nargila (Hebrew: נרגילה‎ nar-gee-la), or shisha (Arabic: شيشة ""shee-sha""‎) is a single or multi-stemmed (often glass-based) water pipe for smoking shisha (a type of tobacco). The concept of filtered smoke through a pipe originated in India and later developed into the modern hookah in Iran.

Hookahs have gained immense popularity, especially in the Middle East and are gaining popularity in the USA, UK, and elsewhere.[6] Today, some of the highest quality and most extravagant hookah pipes come from Israel, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iran and Turkey. The hookah operates by water filtration and indirect heat. They can also be used for smoking fruits.

Good to know since smoking fruit is something I'm interesting in doing. Not.

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