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November 16, 2009


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We've done this where I've worked, it's a fun way to stop people from vomiting slides. Not knowing any better, we pronounced it Peach-ah Kooch-a.

Or peche melba? Esa-Pekka, would you like some peche melba on a plate made of gutta-percha? Maybe, maybe not.

Hello Fritinancy and all! The term "Pecha kucha" seemed to me pretty similar to a Panjabi/Hindi term " Pukka-Kucha" which has been in use in India for hundreds of years. Even British Rulers used these words. "Pukka" is still a slang-term used in British English to describe something as "first class" or "absolutely genuine" and the opposite of "Pukka" is "Kucha" which means "raw" in Hindi The word 'pakkā' also means solid,ripe having its roots in Sanskrit word 'pakva'. The word Pukka is also frequently used in today's Hindi and Panjabi language in India like- Pukka naa? which in English means- Are you sure? The words- "Kucha" and "Pukka" are also used in present-day's government records to describe the categories of houses in India like "Pukka" houses and "Kucha" houses ( 'Kucha' house means a house made of mud and clay whereas "Pukka" house means a house made of bricks and cement etc. So I think these words are native of Indian languages only and the term "Pecha Kucha" as claimed above is a derivative of indian term- Kucha-Pukka" and have been borrowed from Hindi/Sanskrit by other laguages, bet it Japanese , Western or else.
Thank you!

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@Ashok: Interesting theory, but I'm pretty certain it's a coincidence. "Pecha kucha" is a *very* approximate transliteration; the Japanese is pronounced in three syllables, "pe-CHALK-cha," and is (as I said) an onomatopoetic word meaning "chit chat." It's not even close to "pukka."

There are countless examples of false cognates in unrelated languages: in Hebrew, a word pronounced "dog" means "fish." Or see my post about Ardipithecus Ramidus: http://bit.ly/P2Rv

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