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Definition

This is not so much a word as it is the english representation of a very unique Tamil sound that linguists call the "retroflex fricative".
It is relatively common in Tamil and (there are some disputes about this) Malayalam and can be thought of as making a flat "R" sound with the tongue lightly brushing the roof of your mouth. Wikipedia helpfully points out that Americans use a similar intonation for pronouncing the word "Red" for instance where the R is usually not guttural sounding

In any case it seems to be blindingly easy if you are a native Tamil/Malayalam(?) speaker and confoundedly hard if you are not

Examples: Mozhi (Language) and the word Tamil itself is pronounced as Tamizh in Tamizh :)

Usage

A favorite tongue twister in Tamil goes: Kuzhandhai Kuselan Vazhapazha thollil Vazhukki Vizhundhaan ( Baby Kuselan slipped on a banana peel and fell)
Added 2011-10-12 by Side Character

Root

Tamil

Categories

WALTO

Terms referencing this

pazhuppan