I can’t get too excited about a Dutch bishop’s suggestion that Christians start referring to God as Allah to ease relations. I wonder if the Dutch have an equivalent to the English proverb Give him an inch and he’ll take an ell? Professor Bainbridge has it about right—the bishop is Roman Catholic and Benedict XVI probably won’t be amused with the idea.
I’m beginning to think Wilhelm Grimm (yes, of the Brothers) was right: Hungarian should be the international language. It’s quite regular, doesn’t have any difficult sounds, is easy to learn to speak, read, and write, and doesn’t have a lot of native speakers.
How about Isten?