#SoCS Oct. 17/2020

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “a word you have to look up.” We all have words we can never spell. Use one of yours in your post and let that word drive your stream of consciousness where ever it goes. Have fun!

When I read today’s prompt I remembered my maternal grandfather. I have very fond memories of him because my brother and I spent our summer vacations at his home every year. My parents settled in the same small town after my father retired from service. One day my grandfather told him he wanted to read a good book in English. And he said he could not understand the meanings of many words. What could he do about that? My father suggested that he should read The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes. And he should keep a note book and dictionary at hand. My grandfather did that. He showed me the notebooks filled with words and their meanings. I have his two volumes of Sherlock Holmes with me 😊.

Coming back to the prompt, recently I came across the word, ELIDES. I was coming across it for the first time. I looked up in the dictionary and also googled it.

It means ‘to omit in pronunciation, to supress or alter, to strike out something such as a written word, to leave out of consideration.

I remember Chupke Chupke, a fun movie by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. It is about Hindi and English. The heroine’s brother-in-law loves Hindi and does not tolerate the use of English words while speaking Hindi. In the course of the movie, the hero keeps asking him questions about the pronunciation of words in English. He asks why k is elided from the word know and pronounced as no? And but and put have the same spellings but pronounced differently. Many such scenes follow and it had been a pleasure to watch the movie. I have seen it many times over the years and each time it has made me smile.

English has elided many words in Kannada. We have become so used to the English words that we have to really think very hard to remember the Kannada words. My husband is writing a Dental book in Kannada for general readers. He has to use the English to Kannada dictionary regularly. We came to know that the tooth brush is called ‘koorcha’ in Kannada. If such words were used people would have to use the Kannada to English dictionary 😊. In our daily use too, English words have elided words in Kannada.  But there are many who speak Kannada without using English words and it is a learning experience to listen to them.

In places near the borders of two states, many words in a language of one state are elided by the language of the other state. Our village in the northern part of Kerala is not very far from the borders of Karnataka. Kannada speaking people use a lot of Malayalam words and it is said Malayalam spoken there is not as pure as is spoken in south Kerala.

Earlier I used to look up words in the dictionary but now I mainly use Google. We get the meanings of words faster but the dictionary has its own charm. My husband prefers to use his old dictionary. 

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. I did not go there last year. There have been so many changes in our life, we will always remember the year 2020. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.


  1. This is a wonderful piece. I am a man who is fascinated by languages and words. I grew up on the border between the US and Mexico. In grade school we learned Spanish, but the school taught Castillian Spanish which, if I tried to speak it on the streets, people would look at me as if I were crazy. Many of my childhood friends used a mixture of English and Spanish. We called it Spanglish.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. When I was reading your post, I remember this 🙂….. My daughter was 3 year old. She told us- ‘ Oru butterfly gidathinnu haari haari poyi’ (a butterfly flew away from a plant) using three languages namely Malayalam, kannada and English


  3. When I was reading your post, I remember this 🙂….. My daughter was 3 year old. She told us- ‘ Oru butterfly gidathinnu haari haari poyi’ (a butterfly flew away from a plant) using three languages namely Malayalam, kannada and English

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  4. Could relate so well to your article Lakshmi. Yes, though we speak Kannada/ tulu at home, half of it is English. Only after reading your post, I came to know the name for toothbrush in Kannada. 😁.
    In fact my cousins colony in blore had organised a competition where they had to speak impromptu on a topic for 2 mins in pure Kannada without using any other word from another language.
    These days we use a mash up of so many languages to communicate that the originality of the language is diluted.

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