Req: "dirty" words in Sanskrit

Dominik Wujastyk ucgadkw at ucl.ac.uk
Mon Nov 4 06:10:34 EST 1996


Dear Bob,

Alankara writers say one shouldn't use the "y" word in polite poems, just
as we would talk about not using the "f" word.  The root in question is,
of course, yabh, which has very ancient cognates in inscriptional Greek (I
am grateful to conversations with Vit Bubenik in the late 1970s for this
information).  I'm afraid I can't give you text references. 

Best wishes,
Dominik


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