Tuesday, July 26, 2005

uncles in india

I was just now wondering about the spelling for the word Uncle in various languages.

Malayalam - an-gil (stress on "ng")
Tamil - an-clle (stress on the "ll"- a sound very peculiar to Tamil. Also used in words like feell, girll, kill, bill etc. Coincidentally 'kill' in tamil means to pinch. So when a tamilian says "I will kill you" ask for clarification)
Telugu - ankool (now, that's not the same as "Un-cool")
Hindi - Ankaal (drag the aa for extra effect)