Family vocab VII: husbands and wives

When it comes to spouse vocab, Persian forgoes gender just as it does in most other cases, although you have the option of using Arabic vocabulary instead if you want to differentiate.

The Persian word for “spouse” is هَمسَر (ham-sar), which literally means “same head.” I suppose it conveys the same meaning as when we say “my other/better half,” although “partner” is also a fair translation. If you prefer, Arabic offers زَوج (zawj), “husband,” and زَوجه (zawjah), “wife.”

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