Greetings, Gator!I was expecting a Sanskritic word here, but I was confused when I saw "theva" instead of "deva." Should of known to recognize this; is this a common phonetic shift in Tamil?
தேவதூதன் is "neutral" - it might be what an angel would call him/herself, or what you might use if you were writing about angels, say, in an encyclopedia article.Thank you very much Palomnik, but could I just ask what you mean by "an honorific difference"? I was just wondering which one to go with, தேவதூதர் or தேவதூதன்? Thank you very much
I'm answering a bit late.Greetings, Gator!
Tamil has a lot less consonantal sounds than northern Indian languages do. The symbol த is pronounced like a dental t (i.e., a Hindi त) at the beginning of a word or when it's doubled in the middle of a word, like a dental d after an n in the middle of a word (i.e., a Hindi द्), and like English th in this when it occurs alone in the middle of a word. Also, Tamil has no aspirated consonants.
As a result Tamil often can't distinguish त्, थ्, द् and ध् in borrowings from Sanskrit. One Tamil acquaintance I have is named Sandy. I wondered about that until I finally realized that her name is actually Shanti!