Sanskrit tongue-twister

Alex Passi a.passi at ALMA.UNIBO.IT
Tue Apr 24 10:53:14 UTC 2007

Dear List-Members,

I just received a query from a retired journalist, re. the purpoted  
Skt. sequence
which is supposed to translate as: "the lesser should not try to  
compete with the greater".
The best I could do with it, without diacritics, is more or less  
nonsense: "He who is indeed wet for us is not un-wet for us" (na no  
nanu +unno 'nunno no[=na.h). ;-)
It's possible that the text was transmitted garbled -- perhaps the  
adjective ^una fit in the original somewhere.
I'm quite stumped, though the passage sounds somewhat familiar. Does  
anyone have any ideas?

Alex (Alessandro) Passi,
Dipartimento Studi Linguistici
e Orientali
Università di Bologna,
Via Zamboni 33
Bologna, 40126, Italy.

a.passi at
alexpassi at
cellphone +39-338.269.4933
fax +39-051-209.8443.

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