Beirut: “Takes a Licking, but Keeps on Ticking” (Like a Bomb)

Beirut: “Takes a Licking, but Keeps on Ticking” (Like a Bomb)

I asked my brother-in-law “What does ‘Beirut’ mean?” He had just finished telling me about Beirut’s repeated phoenix-like rise from fires, calamities, and even an earthquake that had destroyed a Roman law school here in the year 551. He smiled and said “Beirut means ‘takes a licking but keeps on ticking’!”