Req: "dirty" words in Sanskrit

Narayan S. Raja raja at galileo.IFA.Hawaii.Edu
Fri Nov 1 23:18:12 UTC 1996

On Fri, 1 Nov 1996, Allen Thrasher wrote:

> The y-root is the equivalent of the f-word.  Otherwise there are no taboo
> words I can think of, indeed one of the oddities of Sanskrit is that the
> vocabulary for sexual parts or things has no particular distinction into
> the obscene, the neutral, the euphuistic, the medical, etc.; the words are
> unmarked that way.  
> (Or are they, and we are just deceived because the
> traditional dictionaries work by series of synonyms, and in fact words
> have differences of meaning and use the dictionaries don't discuss?

Maybe there's no such thing as
"colloquial Sanskrit", hence the
lack of dirty words.  Are there dirty 
words in Esperanto?  -- or in ASL
(American Sign Language)?



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