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ؽ poodu `malicious intent.'

This verb has an analogous lexical verb ؽ { poodu which means `put, drop; plunk down; serve (food)' or `put on' clothes. There is a semantic notion of some lack of care with this verb, so if deliberate careful placing or setting is intended, ¿ vayyi is used instead. This verb is appropriate as used for serving food, since in order to avoid contact (and ritual pollution), food is often `dropped' on the plate, rather than placed carefully. The AV ؽ poodu varies semantically more than some AV's; for many the notion conveyed is that of bad faith, bad motives, or even malicious intent.Annamalai (1985) calls this AV the verb of casualness; for him the main notion is that speakers attribute motives of `lack of care, inconsiderateness' etc. to others when using this AV. For others the main notion implied by the use of ؽ poodu is that speakers think of other speakers' motives as involving careless disregard for the likes and desires of others, malice aforethought, etc. When bad motives are being attributed, the most felicitious English translations for these AV's are with expletives or pejorative adjectives, etc. Phonologically, the AV ؽ poodu may be reduced to ptu by a by-no-means regular rule that deletes long vowels in morphemes that are involved in the grammaticalization process.This also happens with ؽ poola as noted earlier.

Vasu Renganathan
Sat Nov 2 21:16:08 EST 1996