Sunday, September 07, 2008


Great Tamil Film Scenes - Sabapathy (or) The Evolution of Tamil Language in Films in the last 6 decades

The above video illustrates how connotations associated with some Tamil words have changed over 6 decades. 

In Sabapathy (1941),  words like 'thevidiyal' and 'machi' were considered perfectly normal and used by the elite. In fact, the former was also considered auspicious!

It is startling to observe how the connotations have changed! One would think, as times passes, a word that may have had negative connotation would slowly become acceptable in society. One wonders, why this reverse trend in Tamil -- influence of "Tamil-Kalacharam" politics??

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