Query on the term *mistri*
bhk at HD1.VSNL.NET.IN
Fri Feb 27 17:21:42 UTC 1998
No, the Telugu word is derived from Portuguese.Bh.K.
At 18:13 26/02/98 -0700, you wrote:
>So did you mean to suggest that the word entered Telugu from English?
>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,
> The word appears to be derived most probably
>> from the word 'master' or 'mastery'. It is also used to indicate
>> an expert in a trade. Thus 'tApI mEstrI' stands for 'master mason'.
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