Today's puzzle was constructed by Josh
Josh says: "I thought it would be fun to construct a 7x7 around two intersecting words sharing a particular language of origin. In place of the entry that ultimately ended up at 5-across I originally had a different word that I particularly love (ROT13: FPUZHGM), but the final letter proved a bit limiting and so I went with an alternative that kept with the theme and was easier to construct cleanly with. Thanks to Malaika for the opportunity to share! P.S. you should go listen to the song mentioned in 12-across after you solve; the modulations at the end never get old."