[INDOLOGY] Fwd: clearer Q re: vidūṣaka?

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at umich.edu
Wed Oct 5 12:52:57 UTC 2016

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From: Madhav Deshpande <mmdesh at umich.edu>
Date: Wed, Oct 5, 2016 at 8:52 AM
Subject: Re: [INDOLOGY] clearer Q re: vidūṣaka?
To: Jo Brill <josephine.brill at gmail.com>

Hi Jo,

     An etymologically related word vidūṣita is widely attested, and goes
nicely with the causative derivation proposed by Professor Cardona for the
word vidūṣaka.

Madhav Deshpande

On Wed, Oct 5, 2016 at 8:41 AM, Jo Brill <josephine.brill at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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,
> Jo
> 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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