TIL that the Hindi word "divala" meaning bankruptcy is connected to "diyas". In olden times in India people used to declare bankruptcy by placing diyas in front of their business hence the word from "diya jalana".

The word also seems to exist in other Indian languages (such as Kannada, Odia, Telugu) according to this thread from which I thought to look up this word.

Sources:

McGregor, Ronald Stuart (1993), “दिवाला”, in The Oxford Hindi-English Dictionary, London: Oxford University Press

Syamasundara Dasa (1965–1975), “दिवाला”, in Hindi Sabdasagara [Comprehensive Hindi Dictionary] (in Hindi), Kashi [Varanasi]: Nagari Pracarini Sabha

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👤︎ u/hiopalba
📅︎ Oct 25 2019
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Does adding "ni" before a "hindi man lang" sentence change the meaning of said sentence?

For example, is:

Hindi man lang siya nagdala ng pandesal

equivalent to:

Ni hindi man lang siya nagdala ng pandesal

or do both sentences mean the same? What would be the function of "ni" in this case?

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📅︎ Sep 05 2019
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Please do not get offended- Nigga has a very different meaning in Punjabi and Hindi

It means “Warm” in Punjabi and “sight” in Hindi Sometimes Punjabi people will use it as the Hindu word too, and sometimes Hindu people will use it as the warm version too, but none of them are meant to offend.

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👤︎ u/MrSirjohny
📅︎ Feb 17 2021
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Will anyone please translate "Ikk Kudi" from Udta Punjab to either English or Hindi? I wonder what the meaning of the song is.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g334Sn9L3rY

Third song in this Udta Punjab jukebox link.

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👤︎ u/helion-in
📅︎ Jul 22 2016
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TIL that the Hindi word for gun "bundook" comes from Arabic "bunduq" from Greek "Pontikón káruon" meaning "Pontus's nut" or hazelnut. The Arabic term originally denoted the nuts used as shots in crossbows and the crossbows themselves. Later it was used for guns as well.

Quite interesting how the meaning of words completely changes overtime. From hazelnuts to guns.

Also to note, the hazelnuts were called as such because they grew near the Pontus region of the Black Sea (which was known as Pontus after the Greek God).

Even the English word gun was transferred from a term which originally meant crossbow (Gunnhildr).

Sources:

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bundook#English

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/बंदूक़#Hindi

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/بندق#Arabic

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Ποντικόν_κάρυον#Ancient_Greek

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/gun#English

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👤︎ u/hiopalba
📅︎ May 10 2019
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I know 420 has a different meaning in Hindi, but it seems funnier when you don't know about it.
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