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Friday, 5 April 2013

Word To Use Today: palanquin.

Want to be green?

Want to lower unemployment?

Keep your boots dry?

Then why not bring back the palanquin:

File:Emperor Muhammad Shah carried in a Palanquin by Ladies. ca. 1735, Collection Kasturbhai Lalbhai, Ahmedabad.jpg
That's the Emperor Muhammad Shah being carried in a palanquin by Ladies. ca. 1735, Collection Kasturbhai Lalbhai, Ahmedabad.

Actually, a covered palanquin might be even nicer, though it looks rather hard work to carry:

palanquin
Still, think of how much quieter, more carbon-free, and less, well, rushing, the rush hour would be if we took palanquins instead of the taxis.

The main pleasure, though, it would be being able to use a simply beautiful word.

Word To Use Today: palanquin. There is another form, palankeen, but that's not as lovely. Both words comes from the Portuguese palanquim, from the Prakrit pallanka, from the Sanskrit paryanka, which means couch.

2 comments:

  1. The second palanquin looks unbalanced. I'd never ride in it.

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    1. I thought so, too, Anonymous. But then I looked at the way the bearers are holding the poles, and I've realised the poles can't roll either way without taking two of the bearers' heads off.
      I must say I don't fancy it much, either, though. Apart from the strain on the poor bearers, I think I'd get seasick.

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