Urdu: aaNjahaanii

Discussion in 'Indo-Iranian Languages' started by UrduMedium, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. UrduMedium

    UrduMedium Senior Member

    United States
    Urdu (Karachi)
    aaNjahaanii is used in Urdu to refer (with respects) to a non-Muslim deceased person, as opposed to the more commonly heard marHuum used for deceased Muslims.

    I'd like to know what the word literally means and how is it made up.
  2. Qureshpor Senior Member

    Punjabi, Urdu پنجابی، اردو
    aan = us (Please refer to Alfaaz SaaHib's post 3uryaaN/fulaaN regarding nuun > nuun-i-Ghunnah)

    jahaanii = janaan vaalaa

    aaN-jahaanii = us jahaan vaalaa (ya3nii vuh shaxs jo ab duusre jahaaN kaa ho gayaa hai)

    Compare this with "shaah-i-jahaaniyaan"

    jahaan vaaloN kaa baadshaah = God

    (I know of a village in the Punjab called "Shah JahaaniyaaN", where as you can see, the izaafat is missing but understood.
  3. UrduMedium

    UrduMedium Senior Member

    United States
    Urdu (Karachi)
    Interesting. Thank you QP saahab. Much appreciated.
  4. Faylasoof Senior Member

    Plato's Republic
    English (UK) & Urdu (Luckhnow), Hindi
    Yes! The word is entirely a Persian construct and the aaN in the aaNjahaanii is the same as in آنحضرت aaN-HaDhrat. The nuun here too is Ghunnah but as it is in the middle of the word, not the end, we need to put a dot. However, the pronunciation is clearly known to be a nasalized (Ghunnah) nuun.

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