User talk:Basemetal

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Hi there. William Erskine, in his "History Of India Under Humayun" has this:- "The inhabitants were expelled, their provisions, money and property seized by the domineering Taklus, and the floors of their houses dug up to discover hidden treasure...". Do you know what the capitalised "Taklu" means? SemperBlotto (talk) 15:07, 4 June 2013 (UTC)

Elsewhere on a Google book search:- "The well,to,do have drawing,room suits, dining,tables; chairs, almirahs, dressing tables, beds, etc., while the less affluent usually manage with items of furniture like taklus (wooden divans), morhas (chairs made of reeds), cane chairs and ..." Is this the origin of the word? SemperBlotto (talk) 15:12, 4 June 2013 (UTC)

  • I don't know. You've found some interesting examples! The current use of the word comes from Hindi but of course in Hindi itself it may have a longer history. One would have to look at an etymological dictionary for Hindi. Basemetal (talk) 15:16, 4 June 2013 (UTC)

Contribution as IPer[edit]

I don't know why I sometimes fail to log in but I'm sure these contributions were by me Special:Contributions/ Basemetal (talk) 18:03, 12 February 2014 (UTC)