The word Urdu is of Turkish origin and means 'army' or camp (the English word 'horde' has the same roots) - so Urdu is quite simply the language of the camp. Urdu is graceful and poetic with no over-harsh gutterals to cause a foreigner to stumble in his/her pronounciation. It is also a language that lends itself to scholarship and artistic endeavour and that rests on a vast and elegant body of literature and poetry going back some 700 years. Most notably it is a polite and gentle language which in its form of speech, recognises the basic equality of all humanity, bestowing equal respect on the servant and the master, the courtier and the king.

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