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Hi everyone,

could You explain to me the meaning of the sentence: "The Tajiks say they are the oldest people in the land"?
Does it mean they consider themselves the oldest tribe on the Earth or does it refer to just one country (which is not named in the text, anyway...).

Marta
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There is no way of judging accurately without more context.
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Unfortunaltely, it is the first sentence of a very short text that I have. It goes like that:

"The Tajiks say they are the oldest people in the land. They plant wheat, flax and melons. They have long, resigned faces, and exhaust themselves in tending irrigation ditches. They keep fighting partidges, and do not know how to look after horses."

Any idea?
I see. Probably in the country or region, then. With all those rampaging partridges, they hardly have time for overseas holidays.