Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Wed May 28 23:07:32 UTC 2008

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One recent pop culture vector for the word is the TV show "Lost":

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> Subject: Namaste
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> I don't see this word in the online AHD. I found a citation
> where its meaning is taken for granted in Michael Chrichton's
> _Next_, page 491 (paperback, Harper, 2006):
> Compared to the other choices, the name Solana Canyon
> conveyed a muted, understated quality in keeping with a
> resort that charged thousands of dollars a day to rejuvenate
> the bodies, minds, and spirits of its clients. This was
> accomplished through a combination of yoga, massage,
> meditation, spiritual counseling, and diet help, all
> delivered by staff who greeted guests with prayerful hands
> and a heartfelt "Namaste."
> The word "namaste" is not italicized, but the quotes and
> capitalization leave the intended status of the word
> ambiguous.  In other cases, he uses a comma and sentence
> capitalization (or just italics) to indicate quotations.
> Without the comma, it's unclear whether the capitalization is
> intended to indicate that the word is foreign.
> In any case, the above citation is all he provides for context.
> Aloha from Maui
> Benjamin Barrett
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