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Sunday, November 28, 2010

namaste

\NUHM-uh-stey\ , noun;
1.
A conventional Hindu expression on meeting or parting, used by the speaker usually while holding the palms together vertically in front of the bosom.
2.
A conventional Hindu expression on meeting or parting, frequently a part of yoga practice.
Quotes:
He made a little namaste at Mamaji, hands pressed together at his chest, a small hint of a bow.
-- Cory Doctorow, For the Win
People emerged from the masjids and mandirs, shops and houses, with faces seemingly devoid of any impulse to offer salaam or namaste, or to smile.
-- Moazzam Sheikh, The idol lover and other stories of Pakistan
Origin:
Namaste has become popular in English as a result of yoga. The Hindi word derives from Sanskrit, namas, "bowing," and te, "to you."
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