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  • Elders, known locally as ak-sakal, or white beards, in the crowd nodded with approval as some took turns calling for harmony between the communities.

    The Moscow Times

  • Turkish sakal döken ` those who dropped their beards 'derived from French Cercle d'Orient, a club of pro-European, clean-shaven intellectuals in Istanbul in the 19th century.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IX No 1


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