Captain G.R. Gopinath’s slip of the tangoo (see Munde Magane below) brings to mind a lovely anecdote Gangavati Beechi, the Kannada humourist, narrates at humour meets to underline the extravagant use of swear words like ‘Soole Magane’ (son of a bitch) by Kannadigas in the northern part of the State.
Early one morning, a young boy arrives at the residence of a friend. The plan is to go jogging.
The friend’s mother is drawing the rangoli.
‘Aunty, aa soole maga yeddi-dana?’ he asks with remarkable sang-froid.