Luca Mangiat wrote, regarding genders: "This is also shared by Egyptian: AFAIK its feminine ending was *-(e)t (sen = brother (or was it son?); senet =sister/daughter). I remember I noticed this when I read that 'Qohelet' was a feminine name (which sounded quite strange to my ears)." Yes, names like Qohelet and Soferet are perfect examples of masculine substantives ("Preacher" and "Scribe," both names) which terminate with the marker of the feminine, -t. This also happens in Arabic; some masculine names end with the marker of the feminine (usually called a "taa marbuTa," although in these cases the two dots that mark it are removed so as not to confuse the reader as to the gender of the person named). Such a name is Allah, for example. Another rather common example of this phenomenon is the word for "successor, deputy; caliph" "xaliifatun." -Chollie _________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at http://www.hotmail.com. Share information about yourself, create your own public profile at http://profiles.msn.com.