[INDOLOGY] clearer Q re: vidūṣaka?

Jo Brill josephine.brill at gmail.com
Wed Oct 5 12:41:34 UTC 2016

Apologies to list members for my confused second paragraph. To clarify my
questions --

1. Is there a Pāṇinian way to derive vidūṣaka from vidvāṁs, given that
samprasāraṇa gives a short u where we want a long one? I don't think so,
but ...
2. Is there any other way to derive vidūṣaka from vidvāṁs -- perhaps
involving some speculative etymologizing?

Many thanks to Professor Cardona for filling out the derivation of vidūṣaka
from the causative of √duṣ. In this prakriyā, the required long ū comes
nicely from 6.4.90, doṣo ṇau.

Thank you again,

On Wed, Oct 5, 2016 at 5:31 AM, Jo Brill <josephine.brill at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear friends,
> I have been asked whether vidūṣaka could be derived from the vidvāṁs, the
> perfect participle made with kvasu – to mean something like ‘little genius’
> or ‘wiseacre’ or ‘smart alec.’
> It is a fun idea, and in a way more appealing than the dictionary
> definition of ‘wicked person,’ ‘corrupter’ (from vi-√duṣ+ṇic+ṇvul). But, I
> don’t see any Pāṇinian way, at least, to lengthen the ū in the course of
> such a derivation; samprasāraṇa via 6.4.131 instead yields short u.
> Can anyone shed light? Perhaps some writers or commentators in the
> dramaturgical literature offer etymologies for technical terms?
> Many thanks, and apologies for the naive errors I have likely made.
> Jo

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