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May 17, 2004

Worth a kiss

I saw Morteza Negahi a few days ago. He's a writer and I thought he might know the answer to my question: What is the origin of "maatik", the Persian word for lipstick? He said the late Ahmad Shamlou told him that it comes from the French "cosmetique". Iranians are very uncomfortable with pronouncing words with "cos" in it, because it sounds like the Persian word for vagina. So that's how we got "maatik". -- Jahanshah Javid

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