Hindi Speakers: Stop using AURAT to mean woman! An Arabic Word meaning dark, dirty place.

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THIS IS NOT A PHOTO OF AN AURAT! THIS IS MAA, SHRI, OUR MAHILA, A NARI

HINDI SPEAKERS MUST STOP USING THE WORD AURAT TO MEAN WOMAN!!

Aurat is an ugly word that comes into Hindi from Arabic via Urdu in the 1500's, taken from Arabic and/or Persian. It refers to the dark, dirty, hidden place on a woman's body. Modern speakers of Hindi are unaware of the actual original meaning of the word Aurat. It is often unconsciously used in every day speech along with the word "Admi" meaning Man.

The etymology of the Hindi word “Aurat” औरत, commonly used in India to refer to “woman”, came into use in India in the 16th century due to the introduction of Urdu words into the Hindi vocabulary. The word originally comes from Arabic, meaning the dark, dirty, hidden place on a woman’s body. Speakers of Hindi are unaware of etymological origins of the word “aurat”: Arabic عَوْرَة‎ (ʿawra, “genitals; nudity”).  

Speakers of Hindi should not use the word Aurat. Use Nari or Mahila or Shri!  This information about the word Aurat has been out there for years, but it is not widely known! In 2006 Sulekha ran this article: http://creative.sulekha.com/true-meaning-of-aurat-awrat-is_186597_blog (The word ‘awrah' means 'defectiveness, faultiness, deficiency, imperfection; pudendum, genitals; weakness, weak spot'.)

Stop using the word Aurat when speaking Hindi. And if your friends use the word in everyday speech, kindly interrupt them and ask them not to use the word Aurat and tell them why!

Speakers of Hindi:  STOP USING THE WORD AURAT!!



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