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“The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of wonderful structure; more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either, yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs and in the forms of grammar, than could not possibly have been produced by accident; so strong indeed, that no philologer could examine them all three, without believing them to have sprung from some common source which, perhaps, no longer exists; there is a similar reason, though not quite so forcible, for supposing that both the Gothick and the Celtick, though blended with a very different idiom, had the same origin with the Sanskrit; and the old Persian might be added to the same family” So said Sir William Jones – the English Philologist who for the first time in 1786 suggested in his book “The Sanscrit Language” that Greek and Latin were related to Sanskrit and perhaps even Gothic, Celtic and Persian languages were related to Sanskrit.It was this work which later gave birth to the so called Proto-Indo-European theory which instead of looking into Sanskrit being the root language of all Indo-European languages, suggests that all Indo-European languages including Sanskrit came from another so far unheard of language called PIE or Proto-Indo-European language.No known ancient culture in the world talks about such a language being the root of the language they spoke. A language if spoken will definitely contain words referring to everything that the people who spoke it could identify, yet here is a language which doesnt even have a name referring to itself!Simply put there is NO PROOF about the existence of this language. So then what is the basis of having introduced this language in the language tree in the first place - a language which will remain invisible forever?Well, the irony is that till today there is no literature in the world about the so called PIE.
We’ve partnered with WHSmith to offer readers Telegraph Great Reads – an exclusive offer on 10 hand-picked non-fiction titles.Every week, one of the titles is half price when you buy The Telegraph at WHSmith High Street stores or with the voucher in paper.So I thought I better pen down a list of all such English words derived indirectly from the ancient Sanskrit.But before that, as usual a small preface The World’s Oldest Known Literary work - the Vedas – the root source of the Indian and Hindu Philosophy and Spirituality – are written in Sanskrit.Just like the way Sanskrit words which got imported into Greek, Latin, Persian, etc during the peak usage of Sanskrit.