ब"ठना — to sit

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2016

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Snell, Rupert

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Hindi Urdu Flagship

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Could there be a more down-to-earth, unremarkable word than ब"ठना ? And yet the simple concept of ‘sitting’ yields a wide range of metaphorical and idiomatic meanings in both Hindi and English. In some ways the two traditions run in parallel: for example, in both languages ब"ठक / sitting has acquired the abstract sense of a ‘session’ (this word itself derives, like ‘sit’ itself, from Latin sedere ‘to sit’); but elsewhere the idioms work out differently, giving us plenty to think about as we sit contemplating the histories of these words.

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