Charles Brian Orner
SOSTENUTO - A Novel

Notes

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Chapter 25

1    The floods in Pakistan began in late July 2010, resulting from heavy monsoon rains in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan regions of Pakistan, which affected the Indus River basin. Approximately one-fifth of Pakistan's total land area was underwater, approximately 796,095 square kilometers (307,374 sq mi). According to Pakistani government data, the floods directly affected about twenty million people, mostly by destruction of property, livelihood and infrastructure, with a death toll of close to two thousand.
2    The words “hayna” or “heyna” or “henna” or “haynit” are requests for affirmation, like “ain’t it so?” or “isn’t that right?” The word “hain’t” is another variation on “ain’t.” “Hain’t it?” is likely where “heyna” comes from. These are primarily Luzerne County words, and very common in Hazleton, Wilkes-Barre, and surrounding areas.

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