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Posted by Glenn on May 08, 19101 at 11:05:53:
In Reply to: Re: Meaning of GUNGA DIN posted by Florian on January 10, 19101 at 13:53:19:
: Florian wrote:
: > In Strine (Aussie slang), "gunga din" means something like "locked out".
: As an afterthought, this needs to be explained a bit more;
: it probably/obviously stands for "I couldn't get in".
: PS: I have never been there myself, but I had the pleasure and privilege to meet a few great people from down under and they sounded almost exactly like that...
Gunga Din means "Spirit of the Ganges" in Hindi.
Sometimes Din is spelled Djinn, which is where we get Genie.
Kipling was trying to say that some of the people of India, no matter how low a caste they came from, were truly fine, brave, worthy people. Gunga Din was the water carrier in his poem.
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