Friday, June 13, 2008

Lost (and found) in translation

Isn't it a shame that perseverance like some other qualities like innocence, shrewdness which as children we casually and effortlessly master but let fade with age? It is both amazing and bugging when after lengthy discussions with a child about why (s)he is not allowed to do something or why (s)he is not ready for something or why (s)he cannot have something, the child goes back to square 1 the very next day(and the next day and the next day...) and asks 'Can I have/do it?' just in case Amma forgets and let her/him have/do it!! But then, thinking about it, as parents, we do persevere in repeating some gems handed down thro' generations hoping they would echo like 'அசரீரீ' in their later years just like it did/does to us.

எடுத்தால் எடுத்த இடத்தில் வை(Eduthal edutha idathil vai) - The most common 'asareeree', I guess! Even if you are an organised person, if your spouse/partner is not, then 'searching...' is unescapable!!

கண் பார்த்தா கை செய்யணும்(KaNN paartha kai seiyanam) - If there are things strewn on the floor or water dripping from a faucet or see any unfinished task, my hands will go 'para-para' because of this gem from my grandfather!

Do you hear any (more) of these 'asareerees'?



Cho says in Muhammad-bin-thuglak, 'அரசியல் ஒரு சாக்கடை, அதில் எது வேண்டுமானாலும் கலக்கலாம்(arasiyal oru saakkadai, adhil edhu vendumaanaalum kalakkalaam!)!' Not-so-very-similarly, English language has a lot of kalakkals! Didn't know that a word's language of origin gives clues to its spelling! Kudos to those kiddy bees! Anyway, coming to my point, I'm wondering how some English words got totally different meaning in India. Like how 'smart' got to mean beauty instead of brains. How wild 'assault' got tamed to mean 'casual'? And how 'hold on' became to function as bus' stop chain!!

12 comments:

Raju said...

I had the question/doubt about "assault" a few days ago and even thought of blogging about it.

On perseverence: When a kid asks repeatedly whether (s)he can do something, looks like it is a better idea borrow the famous Batsha dialogue and escape..

mitr_bayarea said...

Aparna-

nice blog after a long time. The "Asareerees" you mention are good, can totally relate to your hands going para-para when something is going waste or unfinished.

Me said...

yebba finally a new post :))

..till i was 3 or 4..i had a key chain and it was known as jeep chaavi...i would play with it...& promptly throw it somewhere and exactly when everyone(we lived in a joint family) slept...i used to wake up & cry for it...& everyone(since i was the first kid..so ellaroda chellam) will search the whole home....

..i think because of that everyone kept advising me eduthal edutha idathil vei..& i became super organized and all...

...nadu raathrila yezhupi i am looking for xyz adhu yenga irukum nu theriyuma na ppl ask me...

Me said...

..last lineku minnadi.."ippo lam" add pannikonga pls..

Me said...

off topic...aadhaka one small doubtu..if the recipe requires egg...what do i substitute with...butteraa?

Me said...

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Me too said...

raju, ada, assault-a (orey samayam) think panni irukkoma?!! Andha aaloda baasha(i)yellam enga ootley no-no!

mitr, neengalum para-para type-a? good!

me, me too, me too(first kid, ellaroda chellam etc.)! Too convenient for 'them' to have an organised person, no?
kelviyum naane badhilum naane-va, ok!

Deepa said...

For the longest time, I thought it was "olden".

mitr_bayarea said...

Aparna-

tagged you, visit my blog for details, don't feel pressured to do the tag if you don't feel like it.

The Talkative Man said...

"smart" - an excellent discovery w.r.t. Indianisms!!

Not that adults are any better in keeping things organized :-( Dump-and-shut plastic dabbas have been my best mechanism for safekeeping. Magnets work best for bills and papers.

Me too said...

deepa, ha ha..

mitr, been a long while since I got tagged!!

ttm, MMMM... plastic dabbas-aa?!!! The point is whether you are organised or not, do you guys hear those asareerees too?

The Talkative Man said...

me2,
I imagined you saying "Plaaastikk-a?" in Vivek style.

Asareerees accompanied by asadu-vazhiyals never change. Only the avatars singing them might.