Monday, November 14, 2005

English, modified

Ever heard of ghaaslet and paana? They are corruptions of (I presume) gaslight and spanner (this one I am pretty sure of) and mean kerosene and spanner. Ghaaslet is Marathi and paana is perhaps hindi (workshop language)

These are not the only such words and there are probably many others. Rockel (again kerosene in Marathi) is perhaps a corruption of Rock oil, but I wouldnt know. God Tel is literally sweet oil (meaning edible oil in Marathi) and I realised the connection on seeing sweet oil written on the side of a Goods tanker train.

Know any more such corruptions (and not official words) in any language?

1 comment:

Akshay said...

rockel! ive been wondering where that originated from. thanks!