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[Hindi filter] "Kiko kissywarsti don't you hamsher argy jow?"
posted by monkeymonkey to Writing & Language (4 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
In Kipling's poem "Route Marchin'"
, the speaker, an English soldier marching through India, repeats this strange line: "Kiko kissywarsti don't you hamsher argy jow?". Kipling's note translates the line as "Why don't you get on?"; of course, part of the point is that the soldier-speaker isn't as good at Hindi as he pretends to be. But -- how far off was the soldier-speaker? I don't speak Hindi -- does anyone know what Kipling's ballad soldier might have been trying to say?