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Fillers When I use a word

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BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 22 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:639

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Sanskrit connection

Sanskrit, the ancient language of India also belongs to
the family of Indo-European languages. Therefore it is not
surprising that a Sanskrit word for 'eye' is 'Occu' or
'Occo' and small 'window' is called 'Gobacco' which is a
joint word between 'Go' meaning 'a cow' with 'Occo'. The
unique rules of the Sanskrit grammar makes a 'ba' come
between the two words.

Dr K. Samanta (retired GP)
2 Royds Park, Denby Dale
West Yorkshire HD8 8RN

Competing interests:  
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

22 March 2003
Kamal Samanta
Retired GP