Monday, May 24, 2004

Interesting etymos in tamil

Having researched enough in anglo-saxon etymologies, i realise it is time to delve into the depths of etymology in tamil.

Who in madras wouldnt have heard of the catch phrase of the city " Saavugrakki, vootla sollittu vandhiya " - a veritable classic as far as etymology goes... Saavu in tamil means death, and grakki roughly translates to customer. The familiar scene of some hapless soul making a furtive attempt at crossing an empty road and suddenly finding that he is standing right in the middle, with autos whizzing past him left and right, as he attempts final lunge to find safety on the other side of the road earns the distinction of being knighted with this title by the auto kaarans.

Calling a person as Customer of death is an interesting way to ask a person "Why do you cross the road in this way? Dont you want to live any longer?"! Dont you agree?

1 comment:

Sudha Narayanan said...

Guess this blog is a direct result of the blogger's personal experience while crossing Madras roads.. ;)