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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
Namaste (greetings) from India, the last stop in my trip in Asia. This week I've selected words originating in the ancient Indian language, Sanskrit. The word Sanskrit literally means refined or perfected.
When we talk about a software guru or an economics guru, we're invoking a word from this classical language. The word "guru" came to English from Sanskrit via Hindi. It literally means "venerable" or "weighty". Going farther back, it descended from the same Indo-European root that gave us "gravity", "engrave", "grave" and "aggravate" to name a few. Look for more words from Sanskrit this week.
In November, I'll be speaking at Mumbai (formerly Bombay) and New Delhi. If you live in either of these places, you're welcome to attend. See details.
karma (KAHR-ma) noun
[From Sanskrit karma (deed, work). The word Sanskrit comes from the same Indo-European root.]
"Is Edwards messing with the Jets' karma, jeopardizing their already-slim
"In his introduction to the new service last week, Apple Computer CEO Steve
Jobs said those who give up their illegal download habit and use iTunes
will be rewarded with `good karma,' as they are supporting artists."
It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there. -William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)