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Pukka

Postby Palewriter » Wed Jul 26, 2006 12:24 am

pukka (adj.)

Definition: Genuine, real, first-class.

In play: "His new car had pukka leather seats."

From Hindi pakka and Sanskrit pakva. Indo-European root *pek is cited.


This lovely expression is one of those Hindi words sucked back to the home country through the colorful vocabularies of the civil servants and soldiers of British India. My father (served in India/Burma during WW2) used this word a lot. Certainly, I don't hear it much nowadays. Perhaps it was just a "visitor" into English, now quietly packing its bags and moving back to the subcontinent.
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Postby gailr » Wed Jul 26, 2006 12:35 am

I've generally seen it in this combination: "pukka sahib".

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Postby skinem » Wed Jul 26, 2006 10:13 am

Ah, yes, the pukka shell necklace of 1970s popularity...

My last boss still wears one! It's really cool on a 55 year old!
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Postby Palewriter » Wed Jul 26, 2006 12:45 pm

skinem wrote:Ah, yes, the pukka shell necklace of 1970s popularity...

My last boss still wears one! It's really cool on a 55 year old!


Does he also drive an old TR4 and worry about hair loss? I think I worked for him, too.

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Postby skinem » Wed Jul 26, 2006 12:56 pm

Does he also drive an old TR4 and worry about hair loss? I think I worked for him, too.


No, a Beemer and he worries about his tan and golf game. I think they must have been related!
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Postby Huny » Wed Jul 26, 2006 1:52 pm

skinem, your new tag line goes perfect with Bailey's new avatar. :shock:
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Postby skinem » Wed Jul 26, 2006 2:24 pm

Ha! I hadn't thought about that!
I've never felt like I was mugged by him!
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Postby Huny » Wed Jul 26, 2006 2:47 pm

skinem wrote:Ha! I hadn't thought about that!
I've never felt like I was mugged by him!


One should always have a sense of needing to watch their necks, for the night is still young! :wink:
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Postby Bailey » Wed Jul 26, 2006 2:49 pm

Mugger? no only half

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Postby Huny » Wed Jul 26, 2006 3:28 pm

Bailey wrote:Mugger? no only half

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I just couldn't come up with the right tagline until Huny's last message.


At your service...well, kinda... :wink:

BTW: Ya' like my tagline? A little edgy, kinda' like me. Makes me think about the family tree not forking. :twisted:
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Postby sluggo » Wed Jul 26, 2006 4:27 pm

Huny wrote:
Bailey wrote:BTW: Ya' like my tagline? A little edgy, kinda' like me. Makes me think about the family tree not forking. :twisted:


Ah, but which tree? Somebody come from the shallow end of the gene puddle?*

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Postby Stargzer » Wed Jul 26, 2006 10:14 pm

Whenever I see this word I keep confusing it with Pookah (or Púca), from the movie Harvey.
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Postby Perry » Thu Jul 27, 2006 10:03 am

Bailey wrote:Mugger? no only half

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I just couldn't come up with the right tagline until Huny's last message.


Mugger? I hardly know her! :roll:
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Postby Bailey » Thu Jul 27, 2006 10:23 am

Mugger? no only half

too obscure, eh?

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