Usage of the word Masty
The usage of the word Masty
Our face book friend Usha Yadav puts a streak of cream on her upper lips, simulating of a moustache and the caption said, ‘It’s all about Masti’. Sukhvindar Singh said, Great Muchchai.
It is all very well. This was innocent fun to put a streak of white cream on the lip. But in the process one word has not been used very well or in right place and it is ‘Masti’. The use of this word for such tiny fun is not right. Besides the word Masti has a sense of slightly agitated condition. And the usage of the word as freely used in India tends to say , I began thinking, people are not industrious to search out the right words for expressing right feelings and thoughts. Please do not blame the languages these are ready to help, only right words have to be picked.
I agree though the Hindi and the Urdu languages are sometimes handicapped with the smallness of the vocabulary and not so well equipped to express feelings and thoughts adequately, and in these cases help must be sought from other languages and our nearest friendly language is the English language, of course besides Persian and say even French, Bengali and Gujrati etc are family languages and they ought to be consulted first.
The word Masti used in this situation I would suggest, since this has a slight intent of vulgarity in it, it will not truly express the simple joy out of the tiny fun our Usha Yadav wants to derive from putting the streak of the cream on her lips. And the character of the word, what it is, cannot be changed overnight; it takes sometimes centuries to change the meaning of a word. And the simple indulgence of the young lady and the joy she is deriving out of it has to be expressed concretely. I have therefore to say, there are a few words like, Khilkhilahat, Dhama Chaukradi, Shore-o-Zori, Fun or any other word, other than Masti that should be used.
I am putting this article on the Hub Pages and I am thankful to Usha Yadav for providing us opportunity to point out a subtle point which concerns our language and attitude.