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Some Wonderful Axomiya Words That Sound Music To Your Ears

Bistirna Barua
Contributor, Bordoisila

27th April, 2016

Every word is a sound, an aural & audible definition of the world that we find ourselves in. A word is then in very simple terms a music piece both incomplete and complete, finding itself in a duality of existence. Hence every word can be believed to possess an enforced bi-polar disorder with its meaning changing based on the tone and mood in which it is spoken. But apart from that, there are words, which are basically lexicographic representation of a sound. Axomiya language, being a very musical and tonal language also has several such words and we all have grown up with them. Some of them are adverbs, some adjectives, some I don’t know what but well, here’s my list. And this is definitely not a complete list, I am sure all you guys will have your own to add to.


This is how apparently the Axomiya loom, the Tator Xaal makes its presence felt. Maybe the sound reflects the movement of the bobbin/maku making its way through; the bhool-bhoolaiyya of threads and strings !


This is how for an Axomiy,a an intoxicated human being walks. Well, Dev Anand walked most of his entire cinematic life this way, even in fight scenes (both with and without intoxication)


Signifies the brightest shade of any colour viz Tiktikai Ronga mekhela chador ejur pindhi kot juwaa ou lahori ?


This is how someone shows their adamancy about sticking to their demands. About being displeased about not getting what they want/deserve. We all have as kids, done this act to get what we wanted oh so bad, remember those Ranger Swing, Gear wala cycles, I did my then-thenoni about that!



This is how whispers travel in Axom, like gas out of a balloon.


This supposedly mimics the sound of a house fly, that indomitable makhi, that does it’s sortie near your ears.


This is supposedly the most intense level of crying in Axom, the breaking down, deeply touching, intensely sensitive version of crying.


This supposedly mimics the purest, authentic and also in a certain sense the extreme version of a colour.Eg:Suwalijonidho-dhokiyaboga !


This words represents a state of constant motion. A motion which by its very definition certifies and authenticates Newton’s First Law of Motion.


Words that signify the unbearable sounds made by a unconscious glib talker. One, who offers no rest to his/her own vocal chords as we often say-kiman je petpetaithakeeaitueai? We all have a friend who has this quality, don’t we?


This is how storms make their presence felt in Axom, the Bordoisila; our revered daughter-in-law always does her yearly hur-huroni without fail.


This word signifies that uncomfortable feeling of sweat/salt/skin/air meeting your cut/wound.


This is, as Babu illustrates in his song “Pedal Mari Mari” how our Axomiya hearts beat. Kolija dhipis dhipis !


This is supposedly how your teacher/parents/elder’s cane hits your skin and immediately you feel the sek-sekoni. Also stands for the sounds wet slippers make on the floor.


This is how you fall in Axom, and your bums go into a mild shock.


A very undesirable sound of a gate being opened, or anything being done forcibly with a lack of certain finesse as in Gate khon kune je gheteng koi khulile oi.


That indescribable feeling you feel in your teeth if you don’t use Sensodyne toothpaste(as the TV Ad says) or when you bite something too cold. Also stands for the feeling that an absolutely mild caress by someone/something arouses in your body.


This signifies a certain sense of “Sonsolotaa” as in Anima Chaudhuri Baidew’s song “ Mone kutekutai, deha rome-romai, gabhoruhobore pora”


Another sound for the beatings of the Axomiya heart. We sure do care about the workings of the heart.


This is moving away from the heart, focuses more on the chest and signifies a certain sense of pathos as in Bhupen Mama singing “Buku Hom hom kore”. It makes many eyes moist still.


Signifies the uber tightness of a knot/gaathi. Also sometimes is used for the fool proof-ness of security mechanism as in : Kotkotiya Nirapotta.


This signifies an essential quality of Phagunor Posuwaa Baa, and the effect of serenity that it gifts your skin with.


This is how we encapsulate the sound of the rain that drenches us perennially and almost incessantly in most months of the year.


This is how our Dhool’s, those wonderful musical instruments, alter the soundscape of our villages and which inspire feet’s to whirl and kokal’s to twirl !


This is how Shiva’s favourite musical instrument, the Domboru is audibly represented in Axom. Bhupen Mama used this same sound to stand for our Megh.


We don’t gargle in Assam, we do it more musically, and call it doing kul-kuli.


The sound effect that is associated with remembrance. Aamar kotha bur siring-koi he monot pore.


This is how our brain-mercury rises, and how our Tema Suti jai. The uprise of anger.


A beautiful tonal word that signifies emphasis, request, a beautiful way of telling the other person lovingly, to get your job done.

Ajile Emanei!! 

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