All Sundry and Water-balloons!

I’ve heard word Vim for a long time without ever being curious to know its meaning. The reason is its being used by a company which manufactures bars to clean kitchen-wares. I thought it might be just a fancy word without any meaning and etymologist in me didn’t get triggered even once-obviously I’ve not heard the phrase vim and vigor either.

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Vim is an odd-looking word, but it stands for a simple concept: being ready for activity, especially vigorous activity. Someone who is always playing sports or going on trips is full of vim. Someone who lies on the couch watching TV all day shows very little vim. This word often appears in the phrase “vim and vigor.” If you have vim, you have energy and you’re ready to put that energy into all sorts of activities; you’re up for anything.

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Some Interesting Eponyms!

These eponyms have been taken from the list Some Obscure Eponyms on

Nicotine is most commonly known for occurring in tobacco, and therefore in cigarettes. In small amounts, nicotine is a stimulant, although in larger quantities it’s considered a poison and is even used in many insecticides. The earliest French root of the word was nicotiane, which comes from the Modern Latin botanical term for the tobacco plant, Nicotiana, named for Jean Nicot, the French ambassador who first brought tobacco from Brazil to France in 1561.Chauvinism means the belief that your country is superior to all others. Continue reading “Some Interesting Eponyms!”

Harry, Jaunty, Laze, Patois and Echelon


J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter is a very popular character and I didn’t know if Harry meant anything. It has been my hobby to ask meaning of names and it made some people uncomfortable at times because they didn’t really have any clue about theirs. I feel there are Hindi words Hairanee which means wonder and is used with Pareshaani which means trouble. Hairat is another word for surprise–I feel these words might be related to Harry.  Continue reading “Harry, Jaunty, Laze, Patois and Echelon”

The bottom line is sleeper in a stable!

Bottom Line

I’ve heard this phrase so often in conversation, perhaps used it myself, to know how it originated is interesting.

Originally, the bottom line of an audit said whether you were making money, losing money, or breaking even. It was the most important part. From there, this became a figure of speech for the most important part of anything. If someone is talking a long time explaining something, you might ask “What’s the bottom line?” That’s asking them to get to the point. The bottom line of a speech is the main argument or central idea. Bottom lines are important.

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Jodhpurs, Hokey and Wadi

spelled Jodhpur is the name of a city in Indian state of Rajasthan

Jodhpurs were originally loose and baggy around the hips and thighs, inspired by the Indian trousers called the churidar, or churidar pyjamas. Stretchy modern fabrics have resulted in tighter-fitting jodhpurs, often reinforced inside the knee and thigh. These pants are named after the Rajasthani Indian city of Jodhpur.

Note: Churidar are a type of Indian trousers but the word Churi/Chudi/Choodee is actually used for circular bangles of glass worn on wrists by ladies here–so maybe it stands for anything in that shape–dar suffix merely means ‘of that type or shape.’  Continue reading “Jodhpurs, Hokey and Wadi”

Emir, Fuddy-Duddy, Recuse and Chewing-The-Fat!

Aamir is a variation of the word which is a common name among Muslim people and Ameer is a word which has been used extensively here in India for rich people mostly in the phrase Ameer and gareeb where gareeb means poor-opposite of ameer.  Maybe the word came to become popular during Mogul dynasty rule here, however the original meaning meant that the emir was a ruler or chieftain with power over a province, now rich people do have political power and influence but that might not always be direct power so all Amir people don’t hold an office as the word originally implied.  Continue reading “Emir, Fuddy-Duddy, Recuse and Chewing-The-Fat!”

Palanquin and Chador

Etymology interests me and  is a wonderful site to which I subscribed to play vocabulary games some years ago. I receive emails regularly from them but seldom visit the site these days. Today I visited and played for a while and found two interesting terms. There are many words which we’ve been using since childhood in our day-to-day conversations, in dramas, movies and TV in Hindi which resemble some of the English words in sound and there was a time when I wasn’t aware of their etymologies so I didn’t know if they came to Hindi from English or it was the other way around. Now such words make for an interesting study. Take Bazaar for example-it has been used extensively colloquially and when I first read it in an English text I thought it was taken directly from Hindi. Similarly curry is the name of a dish made with yellowish gram flour( though pronounced cadhee here!) A long ago I started a feature here called Wordy Friday Nerdy in which I used to discuss some etymologies, words and ideas but discontinued it. Now if I continue to visit vocabulary site I would keep sharing some interesting finds. Continue reading “Palanquin and Chador”

Urdhvaretas: The WordY FrYdaY NerdY!

Celibacy is one of the cornerstones of many spiritual disciplines. Gandhi practiced celibacy beginning at an age of 36 till he lived. Monks practice celibacy. What is it, spiritually and physically? Is it simply not getting married or abstaining from sex? In english language a celibate is someone who hasn’t married. But in Yoga, a celibate is someone who is Urdhvaretas.

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A great mystery solved today by itself as I was watching a Bollywood film “Manjhi: The Mountain Man.” I am yet to finish watching the film as I easily get bored watching it and get busy with other things. It’s a typical Bollywood bioscope-drama so it’s a given. The film is based on real-life events. Dashrath Manjhi, the protagonist was actually a person living in Gehlore village of Gaya district in Bihar, India. He worked tirelessly for two decades to break a mountain(literally) to pave a way for villagers. It reduced the time taken by villagers to reach nearby city(and all facilities like medicines and such) considerably from 55 Kms to a mere 15 kms!

Well, what more can I say, man was a legend and I have not finished watching the film to review it. Navazul Siddiqui is a great actor who is playing Manjhi. The point of this article is the word Moosar. Continue reading “Moosar!”

Parkour: The WordY FrYdaY NerdY!

Have you ever heard about Parkour? I heard about it while watching movie Cop Out. In the film, a thief uses this french technique of martial art. I have practiced it myself in my boyhood days, but of-course without having heard about its name! Parkour’s English equivalent is Free Running.

Parkour has similarities to martial arts and has a very interesting philosophy of freedom behind it. Its founder says that he was inspired by Bruce Lee’s philosophy. He says “There’s a quote by Bruce Lee that’s my motto: ‘There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. A man must constantly exceed his level.’ If you’re not better than you were the day before, then what are you doing—what’s the point?” Continue reading “Parkour: The WordY FrYdaY NerdY!”