Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Rascal Vs Rascala

Why do north Indians think thamizhs say rascal as rascalA? The think we pronounce it with a 'A' sound in the end. In my entire lifetime I haven't heard anybody say rascalA. But north indians truly believe that is how we say it. And all Thamizhs are surprised at this.

Since both set of parties are equally biased as well as equally rational set of individuals the consistency of this phenomenon is uncanny. I am wondering if there is accent issue on the part of the speaker that is causing this confusion or if there is a concept of "hearing-accent.

25 comments:

blackaccord said...

I think the whole rascala thing is to poke fun and ridicule southies in general as they can't find any specific mispronounciation from tamilians..
Its not like we say 'goodu one man' or 'I-run' for Iron... No matter how many times I've corrected my rajashthani friend, he still says J-alapeno...

-Blackaccord

elegantstroke said...

I think it's more to do with them mocking us, since we use the word machaan...apdiyaaa, sollu daaa..etc. since a lot of our vocabulary ends with aa, they just append it to rascal also.

Subbu said...

The more appropriate 'making-fun' accent would be Yennada Raskolu. Have heard some old Granny speak this accent.

bombay dosti said...

Think it started with Padosan, the movie maybe?

sunson said...

I just think they are Stupida

Extra-Ordinarily Ordinary said...

Ellaam Seth thimir daan.

anu said...

I studied in Delhi for 2yrs and then worked in Bombay for 2 yrs. Based on my interaction in these places, I can tell you that most north Indians believe tamil people end almost all words with an 'a' sound. So it is not restricted to just rascal!

I believe this comes from the tamil usage of 'a' to indicate a question... like busa, cara, teaya, coffeya etc. Having heard us say this, north Indians have just assumed that this is how we speak our language... To be fair, rascala is not a wrong tamil usage, it would translate to 'rascal?'in english!

- anu

Anonymous said...

North Indians should be the last to make fun of South Indians.. Ask them to pronounce Fifty and then we can talk.. Invariably they will say Pipty...

neon said...

it might from this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzyOxZU3mPM

MLC said...

honestly! it was so bloody irritatng whn SRK did it in 'om shanthi om'.. no problm with thm tryn to imitate us.. aana aththa thappu thappaa solli, andha maadhiri dhaan namba paesarom nu nenaikardhu dhaan irritating-a iruku!!

meetu said...

Blame it on quickgun murgun, i guess

Anonymous said...

If you say it's mot rascala but rascal they will sya..it doesnt matter..both sound the same.

I am suprised many of us are not aware of the extent to which the the northies wear their ignorance with pride vis-a-vis south indians

I also read somewhere that SRK and the unit were confusing tamil with telugu.

however nothing can beat hindi medium northies pronouncing - plajaa for plaza and plaat-for-rum for platform

K

Anonymous said...

I would say, take it easy!! Every language will have evolved in some way. You dont have to defend it. More you defend, more is the probability of that being true!

KP said...

"More you defend, more is the probability of that being true!"

What's the logic?

Vijayashankar said...

More of Rascalu in Coimbatore area.

thamizhan said...

they pronounce for FEBRUARY as feruari

Anonymous said...

I think golts use Rascala? and the north indians have always been too dumb to realize the difference between any of the south indian language(partly because all their languages are really derivative of hindi).

Anonymous said...

Goog Job ! Now diss the telugus ! Magesh or Maga or whatever your name is.

Anonymous said...

Intha kolaiyadi sandaiku thaan rediff comment section iruke née Vera ethuku?

-KP

Hawkeye said...

guys,

I wrote the post to find out what was the reason for the misperception. Because it seemed like a 'out there' perception. I did not want to start a inter-language bashing contest.

Anonymous said...

Hawkeye,

Too late now :-P

Dr.Dheep said...

We sure do end all our "?" with "A". I in particular love it when mallus say "oto" for auto, "oranju" for orange and more...

Amit said...

Absolute gem. :-) Indians from different parts of the country debating accent issues related to a non-native word for any of them!

Reminds of british's vs. Aussies' debate on "mate"/"maite"/"mite"... and the offen vs of-ten... whatever!

Alan Smithee said...

kannada people add "a" to names. Ganesh is Ganesha and Satish is Sathisha in Kannada. The indhi types that you mention probably confuse this with Tamizh.

Btw, until I read this post I had never come across this phenomenon.

Hawkeye said...

but asking rascal in a question form like "rascala?" seems like a low frequency usage of the word. Its not as common as bus'a train'a?