New Year, New Section

8 Jan

While driving to Southern California this past Christmas, we were stalled behind a particularly snail-like vehicle that would neither speed up nor let us pass. The Boy was at the wheel, and while he is typically patience personified, I could sense the situation was pushing some buttons. “Dheero dhurpuch!” he grumbled aloud, and my brows shot up in amusement. In five years of knowing me, our man is spewing Parsi-isms like he owns them.

It formally began with the installation of a little whiteboard in our home. Primarily put up to bear reminders, lists and the odd story idea, I found myself inscribing definitions of typically Parsi words and phrases, just for fun. Like so:

dholio, n.: bed

dheero dhurpuch, adj.: slowpoke (masculine)

I regard my mother tongue with equal parts of humor and fondness. Borrowing heavily from Gujarati and retaining its script, Parsi Gujarati is a bastardized/hysterically funny adaption of the original language, depending on the way you look at it. With only a 100,000 of us left in the world, and fewer still speaking the language, only a handful of you will encounter it– unless you live in South Bombay, around a Parsi colony / the community inΒ  Toronto (second only to Bombay), or in a Gujarat town/city still populated by my people.

But guess what: I wouldn’t let you miss out! Starting this year, you’re going to find the odd phrase, the quirky word, and the unfathomable saying, all right here on WWNP. Here’s your chance to access a little-known language and either impress that one cuckoo Parsi in your life or seek one out if you suffer the misfortune of knowing none. πŸ˜‰

Ready? Practice this phrase and I’ll be back with more. Chop-chop now! Can’t do to be a dheero/dheeri dhurpuch!

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9 Responses to “New Year, New Section”

  1. Aunty G. January 8, 2013 at 11:56 pm #

    Hurray for ‘Parsipanu’
    You must include ‘ovaaryu’
    That Boy is clever
    The best thing, ever
    That’s, i reckon, happened to you!

  2. labellevee January 9, 2013 at 1:35 am #

    Haha πŸ˜€ It’d help if you spelt them out phonetically too.Cheerio.

  3. R January 9, 2013 at 4:58 am #

    Awesome. Now please tell us how Dhurpuch is pronounced. Danke much.

  4. Pallavi January 9, 2013 at 5:39 am #

    Eagerly waiting!

  5. alice January 9, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    Awesome! Here’s the one language I wouldn’t have learned otherwise. Do include pronounciations too, there’s a dear. πŸ™‚

  6. Null Pointer January 10, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    dheero dhurpuch? congratulations! I think you got yourself your very own Googlewhack. Do more, do more!

  7. Orange Jammies January 10, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    Aunty G: :mrgreen: *raps furiously on wood*

    labellevee, R, alice: Pronounced phonetically, my dearies, else I would have put in a pronunciation guide! Still, for your benefit, here you go:
    ‘Dhee’ as in ‘ghee’, ‘ro’ as in ‘foe’, ‘dhur’ as in ‘fur’, and ‘puch’ as in ‘much’. Kapish?

    Pallavi: Patience, child. We’ve only just begun! πŸ™‚

    Null Pointer: WOOT!!! I am beyond kicked! πŸ˜€

  8. MomWithaDot January 14, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    Dheero Dhurpuch………Dheero Dhurpuch…..Dheero Dhurpuch……..Dheero Dhurpuch…….. Rote memorizing isn’t such a bad thing!
    I’ll learn that’s being taught free πŸ˜› !

  9. Orange Jammies January 14, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

    MomWithaDot: Arre dheeri dhurpuch, use it in a sentence or you’ll never catch on!

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