Swami and Suami

Posted By: Namrevlis

Swami and Suami - 01/06/17 11:03 AM

I've lived in both Malaysia and Indonesia and ever since 1971 I've wondered if their word for husband, suami (pronunciation the same as swami) was etymologically related to swami. My Tamil friends in Malaysia thought there may have been a connection but really didn't know.
Posted By: LukeJavan8

Re: Swami and Suami - 01/06/17 05:12 PM

Posted By: A C Bowden

Re: Swami and Suami - 01/09/17 03:42 AM

There does appear to be a connection. According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, both "swami" and "husband" are associated with the idea of "master".
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