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Armenian varkaparazi and its Iranian Background

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The paper discusses critically the etymology of classical Armenian varkaparazi (“at random, by chance, in a disorderly manner”) proposed by the late Anahit Périkhanian in 2002, and offer an alternative etymology. It is thanks to Dr. Périkhanian’s calling attention to varkaparazi, and her providing a partial starting direction toward its etymology that, albeit with the rejection of her overall interpretation, we have gained a lost Iranian compound whose members are of noteworthy interest for the history of the Iranian vocabulary.



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