Hindian (was: Tea & Pee)

Thomas Paikeday t.paikeday at SYMPATICO.CA
Fri Jul 20 23:47:57 UTC 2001

I first encountered it on signs used by Tamil-speaking people of the
southern state of Madras (now Chennai) demonstrating against the
imposition of Hindi on Tamilians and other Dravidians. Just a jocular
nonce word, I guess, but I thought it was very expressive. This must
have been about 20 years ago. I don't recall hearing it again, but I use
it occasionally when asked why I don't speak Hindi after having lived
and worked in New Delhi for nearly three years, the real reason being I
don't have the gift of the gab. I am satisfied with Malayalam.


Mark_Mandel at dragonsys.com wrote:
> > This is my first encounter with the word "Hindian". I assume that it means
>      "Indian-from-India, not American-Indian"
> -- right? How widespread is it?
> -- Mark
>                   Mark A. Mandel : Senior Linguist
>             Dragon Systems, a Lernout & Hauspie company
>  320 Nevada St., Newton, MA 02460, USA : http://www.dragonsys.com

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