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Subject: Re: Jorie and Jhori?
Author: তন্ময় ভট   (guest, 67.101.89.5)
Date: August 26, 2009 at 5:54:06 PM
Reply to: Re: Jorie and Jhori? by Cleveland Kent Evans
Actually, born in Orissa, the neighbouring state to the south/southwest. It is definitely not a common Bengali first name and I do not know the meaning of the name.
I would pronounce it as jhori, where the first consonant jh does not exist in English: it is the voiced aspirated palatal affricate, though since there is no phonemic distinction between the affricate and plosive, nor between palatal and post-alveolar, some allophonic and dialectic variation is heard. The -r is definitely somewhat trilled, but I am not sure whether it is the flapped retroflex unaspirated voiced consonant. The -o- is as in English bone, but could be shorter, and the -i is short as in hit.

I have no idea what the name means: have to ask someone from Orissa. It may be associated associated with heavy rain or storm, from a word jhaD. of uncertain etymology, but may be connected to the root jhR in Sanskrit which was associated with water flowing/falling down as in mountainous streams.

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