Of pythons and pandas | Deccan Herald


Everyone knows how language varies from area to area and even inside languages there are many dialects that are so totally different that an individual talking one dialect could discover it troublesome to observe one other dialect.

For instance, I’m a Pallakkad Iyer. Which implies that the language of my group has a model identify of its personal known as ‘Tamilalam’ – an adroit combination of Tamil and Malayalam. My driver is a Bihari from Gaya and my peon within the workplace is from Haryana.

I’ve a colleague from Rajasthan. All ostensibly belong to the Hindi belt. However they may all three be talking totally different languages — the dialects are so totally different! 

Additionally, I’ve discovered, a phrase in a single language can imply one thing completely totally different in one other language, typically with disastrous penalties. A rose could not all the time have the identical that means in all languages. Or, one man’s greeting could also be one other’s man foul language!

A lot for language and dialects. However of late, I’ve come throughout a special form of ‘language downside’. Throughout the lockdown when everybody was ‘working from residence’, a unusual form of language gave the impression to be going round. 

I discovered my son perpetually speaking of ‘jeera’ or so it sounded. The one ‘jeera’ I do know is the condiment used as tadka or the jeera powder used to season sabzis and naturally, rasam. 

At some point in whole frustration I requested my daughter-in-law, who can be a software program engineer, what was the ‘jeera’ my son was all the time speaking about? She defined with an amused smile that it was a software program.

As if that was not unusual sufficient, one weekend my daughter and son-in- legislation came visiting. With three software program engineers within the household current, the themes mentioned have been a bit over my head. 

As I used to be getting the lunch prepared, I realised there was some dialogue on ‘python’. Alarmed, I rushed out of the kitchen to ask who had seen a python and the place! Once more, with an amused smile my son-in-law knowledgeable me that python was a software program!

I assumed that was that and there may very well be no extra surprises on techn jargon. However I used to be flawed! A couple of days later I used to be ready for a cab. Some younger individuals behind me have been speaking of ‘pandas’.

I thought that they have been speaking in regards to the animal. On an intuition that I used to be mistaken once more, I simply circled and requested them (to their utter shock and shock) whether or not they have been speaking in regards to the endangered species discovered within the forests of China. “No, aunty,” they replied, “It’s a software program.”

Nicely, I assumed, it’s not know-how alone that has modified drastically lately, however the jargon as nicely! Who would have thought that pythons and pandas would enter the lexicon of the software program world.

Maybe, the creators of this lexicon realised that this was one method to remind the tech-crazy era {that a} totally different world of creatures additionally share this universe with them.


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