As with the name Anthologica
, the etymology of Isharia
is a matter of hotboiling discussions that end in broken families and costly divorces.
Almost all scholars agree that the name is of Swahili origin, from hara
"district, quarter" or "to be terribly frightened, to defecate, to purge" + -ishi
"to live, to exist; to dwell", thus meaning "place to be terribly frightened" or "poo dwelling", in its primitive form *Haraishi
. The elements were reversed shortly after the place was founded as a city, thus becoming Ishihara