Monday, 22 September 2014

English took a loan..

        Is English really the greatest language? Some linguists say that all languages are equally great and unique.English too, like other languages has got its own syntactical ,phonological and lexical features.It is the most commonly known and spoken language in the world.Its significance is way beyond national boundaries. Despite all its grandness,English cannot be called "the mother" of all languages for the very fact that it has borrowed words from other languages, and unlike Sanskrit or Pali, it does not undertake the use of all words which belong to it. Everything in this world depends on the other for its existence, and so do languages.Not perplexing statements anymore,English too,for the reader's manifest,borrowed words from its sisterly foreign languages.
         A LOANWORD is a word used directly from another language with little or no translation.Such foreign words or phrases are peppered throughout the English language.Some commonly used loanwords are:
Meaning : The defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time.
Origin: German
Etymology: used by Germans in the mid 19th century,to define a particular era 
               Imagine describing the 'Golden Age of Guptas' by calling it 'the spirit and mood of the Golden period of history when the Guptas ruled' ..would you even have the time to comprehend it? Certainly not.
               So, English, our dear language helped us out by using an appropriate alternate term ZEITGEIST. Such a word acts like a boon to the reader's manifest. It is self-explanatory and makes the comprehending aspect quite immaculate to the reader. For instance, when you say ' The zeitgeist of the Guptas' is vividly comprehended and immaculately understood by the reader.
             Another such word is CASH.
Meaning:  coins or bills of monetary value -as used in vernacular English.
Origin: Indian ,Dravidian Tamil.
Etymology: derived from the Dravidian Tamil word 'kasu' which stands for coins.
             Dravidians, also known as the FIRST INDIANS were the first set of people to enter and set in India. They have given birth to the Indian culture.Dravidians are considered the most superior caste in the World, falling under the sub-category of Deshastha Brahmins-the highest caste of Brahmins. There are about 124 words in common between Dravidian Tamil and Sanskrit. Dravidian Tamil words like 'kasu','ilchi'etc have been used by the then residing Englishmen in India, using them for cash and ginger respectively. 
           Imagine using the literal meaning of the term cash and saying " I am going to draw 'coins and bills of monetary value' from the bank." And now say "I am going to draw cash from the bank" . Which one sounds better? Obviously cash. 
         Thus, many loanwords borrowed from foreign languages make understanding clear and immaculate to the reader. 

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Patience-Rahul Dravid

I just found these golden words by the great wall of Indian cricket team Rahul Dravid.

Rahul Dravid on Patience -

“When I’m requested to speak to youngsters I like talking about this phase of my life and liken it to fascinating plant: The Chinese Bamboo. You can take a Chinese bamboo seed and plant it in the ground, water and nurture the seed for an entire year & not even see a single sprout. Infact, you’ll not see a sprout for 5 years. But suddenly, a tiny shoot will spring from the ground. And over the next 6 weeks, the plant can grow as tall as 90 feet. It can grow as fast as 39 inches every 24 hours. You can literally watch the plant grow.

What was the plant doing during these 5 years, seemingly dormant period, it was growing its roots. For 5 full years it was preparing itself for rapid, full growth. Without this root structure, the plant simply couldn’t support itself for its future growth. Some would say the plant grew 90 feet in 6 weeks, I would say it grew 90 feet in 5 years & 6 weeks.”

So keep watering and nurturing yourself. One day you will sprout and may be grow as fast as a Chinese Bamboo tree. No one becomes a mid night success, there are years of labor and pain behind that.

"God's delays are not god's denials."
-Rahul Dravid