VYAKARAN: Re: Speaking in Sanskrit

bpj at netg.se bpj at netg.se
Fri Apr 11 10:03:02 UTC 1997

At 00:44 11.4.1997 +0100, George Thompson wrote:
>>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.

To me the South Indian "speaking in Sanskrit" associates most to "excuse my


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