I am watching a video online and the anchor keeps using the verb بَاتَ, يبيتُ – I have found out that this means “become.” (I think the anchor is from Lebanon, but I don’t know where in Lebanon she is from.) I have also heard صارَ, يصيرُ for “to become” but which is more prevalent in a given area (and where)? Or are the two relatively interchangeable?
I’m Lebanese and I’ve never heard any Lebanese use this word بَاتَ, يبيتُ “become”. It’s MSA.
However, I’ve heard Lebanese anchors, journalists, politicians and reporters use this word on TV/Radio. Because there is something called “white language” “لغة بيضا” which is a blend of Lebanese and MSA, but leans more towards MSA . This “white dialect” is used by Lebanese anchors specially during political or economic talk shows, interviews and media coverage, as well as by Lebanese TV/Radio guests (specially politicians). The purpose is to be understood by ِArab speakers from different geographical region.
The word صارَ, يصيرُ for “ become” is used by all Lebanese.
Many thanks. It must have been the “white language” I was hearing, since it was in the context of a news report. It seemed a little odd to me at first, since I have heard باتَ, يبيتُ in the context of “to stay somewhere overnight” (from where we get the word بَيتٌ for house), but never for “to become.”
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