"samsara" meaning "life"
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Sat Feb 7 10:51:59 EST 2009
On February 2, 2009, George Hart wrote:
<In modern Brahmin Tamil, it means wife.
Actually, 'camcAram' in the sense of 'wife' is to be considered as more of
a non-brahmin usage. In non-brahmin colloqial usage, among the three words
for wife 'peNTATTi', 'camcAram'/'camucAram', and 'manaivi',
Tamil 'peNTATTi' is considered less refined than Sanskrit-
derived 'camcAram' and Tamil 'manaivi' is considered to be the most refined
usage. The common brahmin dialect usage includes Tamil AmuTaiyAL/AmpaTaiyAL
< akamuTaiyAl and hybrid AttukkAri < AkattukkAri.
Brahmins may use 'camcAram' while conversing with non-brahmins because it
is of wide currency. That 'camcAram' is widely used can be inferred from
the line "cAram niRainta ulakai cEytavaL camcAram" in the film
song "nethiyile oru" , the second song in the following link
http://www.hummaa.com/music/album/13897/Nitchya+Thamboolam+(tml) . The line
starts at 3min:23sec from the start of the introduction by the music
director. The lyrics were by late Kannadasan, a well-known poet and
lyricist and the situation had nothing to do with brahmins.
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