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 Vocabulary.com

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

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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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Mantra: The WordY FrYdaY NerdY!

Mantra(mantram) is one of the most popular Sanskrit words in the world. The new age philosophies have made it extremely popular. The other popular terms are Yoga, Guru, Kundalini and Pranayama. I have covered them in previous issues under this feature. So today let’s look at Mantra in brief. Mantra is made of two words Mana and Tra. Mana( Man, manus, manu all come from the same root!) means mind and Tra means something which liberates. Mantra is a sound or group of sounds which liberates the mind. Mind is the cause of suffering as well as liberation. There are sounds which liberate mind by increasing its frequency of vibration gradually. When its frequency is good enough it gets rid of negative thoughts which are lower frequency vibrations and eat up the energy of your organism.

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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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Moosar!

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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!”

Yoga: The WordY FrYdaY NerdY!

It’s already Saturday. I planned on publishing a longer post with some descriptions about various types of yoga and details about harmony of Yoga but other duties( forum and we had some discussion on forum today) took my time so I am late and with a small post. My apologies to all of you!

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Yoga is one of the most popular terms which originated in India. Yoga is degeneration of word Yog which comes from Sanskrit root Yuj, which means ‘to yoke’ ( to use) as in to use animals like oxen or horse and sometimes also used to mean ‘concentrate’ or ‘combine’ or ‘add.’

Yoga is a widely used term in Sanskrit and Hindi. In West it became popularized as physical exercises which create felicity of endocrine system and hence better health but it is only a limited meaning of Yoga which was a group of practices aimed at union of soul with supersoul. Actually there is just one element, which is primordial element and you may call it by any names like God, Brahman, Self or Tao. It alone is. You are it. All the differences you see in the universe are temporary and permanent truth is just one reality and one energy. This is reasonable but you don’t know any other perspective except yours. You inhabit only one world. By this you infer that you must be that energy which is absolute. And this limited experience of yours is just that–limited experience for reasons inexplicable and unknown. The goal of Yoga is to firmly realize this truth.

Yoga is of many types such as Hatha Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga and Karma Yoga. These types are not totally isolated from each other-they keep overlapping and every yogi is practicing many yogas simultaneously. A devotee might be serving god but helping other people too and by seeing god in everyone his realization becomes deeper and heart become purer.

Yoga is also used in Astrology for ‘combinations’ and in Ayurveda for compounds. Addition in arithmetic is also called Yoga in Hindi.  

Aum: The WordY FrYdaY NerdY!

Aum is an Onomatopoeia

Onomatopoeia are sound imitative words, like ‘meow’(imitates the sound made by a cat), ‘bang-bang’( imitates the sound made by a gun) and so on. Aum has been misunderstood mostly. It has been taken for a holy word. It is not only a holy word, it is much more than that . Aum is also called ‘Pranava’. If you observe you will find that almost every mantra in Hinduism, which is considered holy and important, begins with Aum. Aum has been given much importance by the tradition but a lot has been lost in the mystic fog over the eons since its importance was understood at first.

 

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