A simple question for Sanskritists

John Smith jds10 at CUS.CAM.AC.UK
Sat Feb 13 14:44:14 UTC 1999

On Sat, 13 Feb 1999, Rolf Koch wrote:

> Because pattra indeed is based on patati "fly" the writing pattra is
> wrong and not etymological correct.
> patra is correct.

I wish you would read what I write. This is getting boring, but I have to
repeat what I said: pattra derives from the root pat- and the affix -tra,
and the "tt" spelling is therefore etymologically correct. However, patra
is very commonly used in its place.

John Smith

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