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Old June 7th, 2002, 08:01 AM
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Oddity in Hindi language...

Hindi language has a very rich and diverse vocabulary. We have words, names, descriptions, adjectives for almost anything you can think of. Right??

Then why in the name of God do we have the same word for today and tomorrow - kal??

Who thought of this? Is there any other language where the same word is used as two things so closely related to each other and almost antonymous? The only other one I can think of is bad - which in certain dialects (ebonics) actually can mean good - but that is a perversion of the language, not the way it was meant to be.
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Old June 7th, 2002, 08:14 AM
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i guess even in gujju tha same word is used for today and tomorrow - kaley...with tha exception that u can use an "aavti"kaale..where aavti = aaneywaala..hence aaneywala kal.. know wha i m sayin...

so tha ambiguity of "kal" can be cleared with tha help of tense(past or future) i guess..
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melly yaa and same case with parson.. narson and sarson ect.
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Re: Oddity in Hindi language...

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Then why in the name of God do we have the same word for today and tomorrow - kal??

Which God?

Oh! u mean Kali, the goddess?

Yeah she is supposed to represent the aavtikal(tomorrow) of your gai-Kal(yesterday) deeds. Am I right?
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Re: Oddity in Hindi language...

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Then why in the name of God do we have the same word for today and tomorrow - kal??

Today is aaj. Do you mean yesterday (kal) ?
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Yaar melly...i had once found a list of words in English which were their own antonyms. So, trust me it ain't just hindi.

One such example was the word 'fat'. Fat chance and Fat Guy mean almost opposite...this was one of the bad examples, but there were quite a few good ones.

I don't have the link, but the site still exists on the net. The first one to find the link gets a kiss from me.

Also, there are lotsa homonyms.

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Uncle is used for chacha, mama, taya.......etc. etc.
same wau aunty is used for chachi, mami.....ect. etc.


is this wrong example ?
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Uncle is used for chacha, mama, taya.......etc. etc.
same wau aunty is used for chachi, mami.....ect. etc.


is this wrong example ?
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