Monday, August 21, 2006

English Nouns… Desi Roots…

Iyer Education comes up with another breakthrough of a research work. The research conducted by someone who doesn't want to be named and who doesn't seek any form of publicity has come up with observations that a lot of nouns in English (Proper Nouns) have their roots in India. Tough to believe… Go ahead and check out the list of words that are waiting to unfold their Indian Origins. So here they go…


Elizabeth Hurley : "Hurley", to begin with, has been picked up from Marathi. "Hurley" in Marathi means "She Lost". Now we know that her name makes perfect sense because she lost in a deal by deciding to marry Arun Nayyar, when some Arun Iyer was more eligible than the former. (We think it's the Brit accent that made Iyer sound like Nayyar and she ended up with the wrong guy )


Van Damme : Van Damme has its root in Tamil. Van Damme in Tamil means "Don't Want" (irrespective of the gender). So when you actually get to say his complete name Jean-Claude Van Damme , it would have meant, "Don't want Jean-Claude". Sir, are you reading this. Now do you know why you don't have too much of a fan following in Tamil Nadu. Care to see some numerologist and change your name? Aah leave it, south Indian or not, nobody watches your movies yaar!!!


Chris Tucker : This guy has his roots in Hindi. And if you have forgotten, let us remind you that Hindi is our national language. In Hindi, Tucker means to fight (as in Mujhse Tucker mat le ). So other than Rush Hour (I & 2) nobody wants to take too much of a Tucker by risking and watching his movies.


Angelina Jolie : This hot lady, on the other hand comes from the soothing backwaters of Kerala. If haven't still got it "Jolie" in mallu means "Work/Business". So it was strictly her business to have " Africa" as one of the options for the name of her kid and not opt other soothing names like "Eranakulam" or "Thiruvananthapuram" from the roots of her name. (Eventually she called her Shiloh). Who knows, she could call the next one " Palakkad" or "Kozhikode". We just have to wait and watch…


Al Pacino : This man on the other hand belongs to the state of Gujarat. "Pacino", in gujju means, "Belonging to later". And just this explanation gives us the idea of why all the performances of this wonderful actor were always ahead of his times. It were all to be enjoyed later… forever…


And finally… yes we have come to the end(party time no?)… we give you the only common noun (for this post) that has its roots in India…


Encyclopedia : This particular word is picked up from a south Indian famous line that a lot of rickshaw pullers in Madras use very commonly. It's "Yenn Cyclea Pidi Ayya". The above means " Please hold my cycle". Now we don't know why these Englishmen used this cycle to describe a book full of knowledge. Strange are these people we say.

adios...

25 comments:

Sensorcaine said...

LOL. Brilliant! but maybe you had a lucky escape with the hurley chick. Have you seen Nair's face off late? besides, i thought you you prefer a nice iyer ponnu like Uma (Thurman- an obvious conversion from thiru-amman)

witnwisdumb said...

Heh heh. Very funnily clever. Or is it cleverly funny? But funnier is the fact that some of the real etymologies are even more bizarre. I vaguely recally having read something about Mulligatawny soup's Indian origins... unfortunately I can't remember what it was :P

SCRIBBLEZ TO WAKEUP said...

"Yenn Cyclea Pidi Ayya" takes the CAKE man...Did all these ideas pour while someone was pouring daroo...Never the less, its is just DHAAMAL! :)

HP said...

aah...The education never seems to be ending..Theng YOu..Thenks a lot.. :-)

And to think we were not taught this in school..Time to ask for a refund, I say..

Cheers,
HP

infected said...

Ammada Tengada PAATTTIII ....

Living in Unreality said...

you yaar wonne funnnnny mon

Kautilya said...

wow dude... fantastic...

well u almost forgot about the sexy "Shevanthi Dagdu Patil"...
and our very own iyer bro... "Vallavan Sheshappa Iyer"?

Madhu said...

Too good, esp Van Damme and angelina jolie....rowl wow!

iyer education said...

@sensorcaine, i had the (mis)fortune to see both arun and liz at nariman point... and let me say this... arun looks a thousand times better as compared to her... and this post will just give her a lil more publicity...

and no iyer chicks for me... i am planning to marry someone from angelina's naadu ;)

@witnwisdumb, i think it is marathi and has got to do with women(mulgi) or something...

@scribz, dont bring daroo or words like daroo... i am off all of them... (atleast for the next 30 seconds)

@HP, go ahead and demand the refund... plijj not to forget our "cut" ;)

@alap, MAHATRIKHTAKAMKASHAYAM ;)

@living in unreality, thengew vairy much :)

@kautilya, i know that the first one is sharon stone... who is the other... that too of our clan and is unknown to us?

@madhu, thengew vairy much :)

Kautilya said...

William Shakesphere...

ROTFL....

vibhor said...

hello Mr. Iyer..
great one...
i am sure my general knowledge is going to increase at a very high rate..

nyways..keep imparting us ur wisdom..

Bharath Hemachandran said...

:)

Cmon Jean Claude movies? They're fun! Have you seen Double Dragon (or that's what I think it's called)?

Oh and Jolie... I thought that meant being happy in mallu. Don't u know that all mallus feel appy yand jolie when something good happens to em?

Btw have you watched da machi code? I posted a comment on your remix post... I would def like to borrow it to be the soundtrack for the movie. :)

the pooh said...

ada pavi ehehee but funddo u rock iyyerro

shruti said...

great researh Mr.Iyer...
u make ur class very intresting by putting lot of humour in that..
take care..

Secret Angel 007 said...

lol Iyer! You add colour to a gloomy day.. Also, heard about this great idli vadae place - it's called Audacity.

Ciao.

iyer education said...

@kautilya, oh ok... that explains his genius...

@vibhor, you are quite an exception... here we aim at negative IQ's ;)

@bharath, have sent u a detailed reply via mail... so will take the convo there :)

@winny, yenna di paavi? i know i (am a) rock :)

@shruti, dont tell anyone that i did the research... then nobody will believe the findings... and humour makes sure that we always are on target with the results (100% failure)

@secret angel 007, gloomy days are already blue right? koi tension nahi leneka... sirf tension deneka... and whats with the audacity (i have -ve IQ)

White Forest said...

ha ha ..nice!
enjoyed!

KJ said...

ROTFL!!!!

Iyeropatni not to be liking this talk abt Liz Iyerly..:p

:))

KJ

Secret Angel 007 said...

lol! it eez like vadae city.. iq is not -ve enuf :p

iyer education said...

@white forest, thengew vairy much :)

@KJ, plijj do not bring iyeropatni and liz hurley into the same frame.. 20 out of 20 times the frame may break into bits...

@secret angel 007, oh that way aa? awesome

silverine said...

ROFL

Soooper post, you missed out Shekhar Periya Iyer (Shakespeare) from Tirunelveli :))

APOO said...

Madonna
Gimme someone mad.

Why Am I said...

hehe super as always...also..tucker is slang tam means super:)

iyer education said...

@silverine, yes we had missed him, kautilya reminded us about him... now you too... some iyers are so famous naa :)

@apoo, mad dona? shaadi karne ka hai kya ;)

@why am i, thengew vairy much for the additional education :)

Kurt said...

#Iyer Education
Good one dude.
A small try from my side.
did u know the Fastest Indian on Road is actually not an Indian, he's a japanese.
Karthikeyan - when split up come down to
Car-theek-hai-YEN.

njoi
Kurt

http://itsmekurt.wordpress.com