The term “Haboob” is the Arabic word for wind—try saying it a few times, it’s fun!—and American meteorologists have been using it since the 1950’s to describe a huge sandstorm. Most recently, however, the word inspired a mini-firestorm.
Shortly after KCBD News Channel 11 in Lubbock, Texas posted a photo on its Facebook page with the caption “Haboob headed toward Lubbock” Texans begun to freak out, taking to Facebook to make it clear they aren’t fond of Arabs or Muslims therefore don’t want to hear no, “meddle [sic] eastern term.”
Wait until a Derecho hits Lubbock. The same ignorant morons will be complaining about them “speaking Mexican”.
This is in the Daily Beast (via Wonkette), and I don’t agree with the lede, which tries to make some lemonade out that the fact that the “hate dirty Mooslims” faction was only 10% or so of the comments on the station’s Facebook page. As long as those ignorant fucks feel like it’s their Jesus-given right to spout off in any public forum that’s not Red State or Fox Nation, it’s a clear indication that the right amount of the right kind of scorn and ridicule hasn’t been heaped on them.