Other Projects

The Secret Treasures of Hans Wehr

  • Runs on Drupal
  • Giant database of dictionary entries
  • Allows for public submissions

A friend of mine started a Facebook group back in 2007 in an effort to collect and compile all the fantastically strange entries in the venerable Hans Wehr Arabic–English dictionary. The group became fairly large, but because of the ephemeral nature of Facebook it was impossible to keep a good archive of words or track conversations about the entires. To make these dictionary entires more accessible, we created a central database to house and organize all the words we (and others) had found.

The site runs on Drupal—my first foray into this crazy powerful CMS. I would have been utterly lost without the help of @shadysamir, the Egyptian Drupal expert.