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When the concessive form of ½Ôç paaru (½Ô¢»Ôè£
paattaalum) is used with interrogative Í¤½, the meaning literally is
`whenever s.o. sees; no matter when s.o. sees/looks'. Its illocutionary
force, however, is that of a reproach or an impatient commentary; its general
meaning therefore is `all the time, day in and out, every time you turn
around, ad nauseam'. Í¤½ ½Ô¢»Ôè£ eppa paattaalum has therefore
become a phrase meaning, at best, `repetiously, incessantly, habitually'.
ÇÂ¨ Í¤½ ½Ô¢»Ôè£ ¶ÕÆÕ¾Ôé¡Þ Ø½ÔÂÔ¨ avan eppa paattaalum
sinimaavukku poovaan `(Every time you see him,) he's off to the movies'