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Phrases

Chuddtêcho sorôp

Meaning: An empty threat (literally: a palm-leaf snake) When I was a kid, we didn’t have TOYS Я US where we could hope to get our birthday presents from. And in Goa, where I grew up, there used to be no such thing as a birthday celebration in the first place, though I must admit … Continue reading »

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Chitt Ailea?

In the days of old, there used to be two common forms of greeting. One was the usual “How are you?” or preferably “Are you well?” To a male person: “Tum boro ahai mum?” To a lady: “Tum bori ahai mum?” To a younger girl: “Tum borem ahai mum?” To two or more males: “Tumi … Continue reading »

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