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Oct 30, 2003
This week's theme
Words derived from Sanskrit

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karma
avatar
nirvana
pundit
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pundit

pundit (PUN-dit) noun also pandit

1. A learned person.

2. A person who offers commentary or judgments as an expert on a certain topic.

[From Hindi pandit, from Sanskrit pandita (learned).]

"According to a top psychologist, the brain starts working the moment you're born and never stops until you become a TV football pundit. I understand our psychologist actually reached his conclusion, having studied Mercy Green, the most famous pundit in the history of punditry. Mercy Green is not the real name; it's an anagram I'm using so as not to get on the wrong side of him."
Grant Us Mercy; Daily Record (Glasgow, UK); Oct 22, 2003.

"This is not entirely unheard of among political columnists, but the typical Washington pundit is stupefyingly uninformed about economics, a field in which Krugman is exceedingly well informed."
Russell Baker; The Awful Truth; The New York Review of Books; Nov 6, 2003.

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