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    Proper tamil words for some well known english words

    Dont know whether there is a similar topic or not!

    My initial shot:

    Coffee - Kuzhambi

    Cellphone - Selpesi (Sellum Idam ellam!)

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    Kasi: Please discuss this in the Tamil Literature forum.

    I am moving this there.
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    Coffee - kuLambi not kuzhambi, since the coffee bean resembles 'kuLambu' or the hoof (of say a horse)

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    I almost forgot this and I had a hard time searching where was it moved!!!

    Some computer related words:

    Browser - ulavi
    Cyberspace - kaniniyakam
    Server - vazhangi
    sound card - olikkirami
    Network - Valaipinnal


    more to come...

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    i like this topic very much

    CD - oli vatta thagadu

    DVD - adar - oli vatta thagadu

    CD player - oli thagadotti

    harddisk - ulladakka gaantha thagadu

    floppy disk - kurunthagadu

    floppy drive - kurunthagadotti

    microprocessor - silicon sillu

    forum hub - min arattai manai

    cellphone - muntha koovi [as said by kaml haasan]

    what ios for CEMENT?

    what is the SINGLE tamil word for the english word SELL note- only one word!

    hardware - van porul

    software - men porul

    firmware - ????

    middleware - ???
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    kaNippoRi and kaNini

    which one is computer and which one is calculator??

    nowadays both are used for referring computer
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    Yes both refer to computer

    calculator is kaNakki ( I believe)

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    kanakki is a new word iam hearing, then what is tamil eq for

    soap
    shampoo
    tubelight
    binded book
    hardcover

    ect
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    soap - savukkaaram. In some parts of rural TN, it is called "araippukkattai" (araippu being the ground paste people used to use before soap).

    shampoo - I've been told the correct word is savukkaarakkuzhampu. My grandmother used to call it ciykkay thiravam - which is technically speaking incorrect since shampoo has nothing to do with the soap-nut, but still makes sense.

    tubelight - I have heard "curaiviLakku" used colloquially. I don't know if it's "official" terminology, though.

    binded book - "thaittha putthakam", I suppose. In what context would you want to use the phrase?

    hardcover - I would use "thuNi attai" and "kagidha attai" for "hardcover" and "paperback", but there are probably better words. Does anyone know?

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