Query on the term *mistri*

Prof P Kumar kumar at PIXIE.UDW.AC.ZA
Fri Feb 27 10:35:13 UTC 1998

>Jo Kirkpatrick wrote:
>>What I hope to find out is how the word came into Indian languages, and
>>from which probable language source (colonial, e.g. English, Portuguese,
>>French? or.....?)

I just want to add or supplement to the points that have already been made
by pointing out that in South Africa "Mistri" "Maistrie" ( spelled in
different ways) currently exists as a family name among some Gujarati and
Hindi speaking families. This certainly has to do with the colonial context
and most likely it came via English.


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