VYAKARAN: Re: Speaking in Sanskrit

thompson at jlc.net thompson at jlc.net
Thu Apr 10 23:40:05 UTC 1997

>In Arabic, when you tell someone he is "speaking in Sanskrit", it means
>he is speaking nonsense, or incomprehensibly--perhaps the
>equivalent of telling someone in English that he is speaking double-Dutch.

Well, Edwin, I don't know what "speaking double-Dutch" means exactly, and I
don't know Arabic either, but my guess is that "speaking in Sanskrit" in
Arabic means "uttering mantras", since that is what Sanskrit is famous for
around the globe...no?  cf. "mandarin" [= mantrin], etc.


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