Tamil is a Dravidian language and one of the oldest surviving classical languages. Tamil is the official language of the state of Tamil nadu, Puducherry and the Andamans and Nicobar islands in India besides being an official language in Sri Lanka and Singapore.
The Tamil I am familiar with and conversant in, is peppered with words from the English language. Language is greatly influenced by the booming Tamil movie industry and vice versa. Like in the movies, everything is over the top - bright contrasting colours, incongruous mix of modern and ancient or eastern and western, larger than life superstars who have a cult following.
You might recognise the English words but they don't always have the same meaning that they have in English . It's slang which is unique. The first four alphabets.
The first four alphabets.
I've cut out 5cm x 5cm peces of paper from Tamil magazines and stuck them on cartridge paper. It's a visual representation of the mix of Tamil and English.
I've then stitched sequins onto the paper squares in the shape of the lower case of the alphabet and used a marker to give the alphabet a bit more 'presence'.
a - is for assaulta
definition - casually.... without a care. Nothing to do with actually assaulting or bashing someone.
b - is for blade.
definition - used widely to refer to anything that causes a combination of boredom and pain.
c - is for colour.
definition - soft drinks, Fanta, Pepsi etc.
d - dress.
definition - 'outfit' including men's apparel!