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Re: They Have a Word for It!

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Friday, August 3, 2001, 4:44
Yoon Ha Lee wrote:

>_They Have a Word for It: A Lighthearted Lexicon of Untranslatable Words >& Phrases_ by Howard Rheingold. >
In Burrow & Emeneau's Comparative Dravidian Dictionary (a terribly scholarly work) I came across "(word forgotten)": a squirt for festival occasions. Thanks to TV and Natl. Geographic, I now know this refers to a major Hindu festival (New Years??), where people go around squirting each other with colored water... but at the time it struck me as very funny.
>hakamaroo: outrageously aggressive borrowing behavior (Pascuense, Easter
Island)> I like that. Kash has something similar: cakondar '"borrow" without permission (but with the intention-- someday-- of returning the item)'


Shreyas Sampat <nsampat@...>