Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Motan, thank you.
That is my sentiment exactly, and I stated it at the very end of my post.
There is no way we can undo a century of popular usage. Informal discussions will still use "Karud" as a stenographic term. There is, however, a measure of relief in finally knowing whence this European mistranscription come. It was called "Kard" in Farsi and "Kord" in Dari- speaking areas. It will be up to professional arms historians whether they continue to use it in academic publications. I am encouraged by a long list of authors describing it as " straight-bladed pesh kabz", which it is in reality.
Again, thanks to everybody for your interest and opinions.