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September 7, 2009

What is அடக்கம் (adakkam)?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — yaadayaada @ 2:11 am

As far as I know, it has 2 meanings. One is in the self-control, modest, humble category and the other is bury as in bury the dead. When I was growing up, one person or the other kept drilling in my head, that a girl needs to dress with அடக்கம், walk with அடக்கம், laugh with அடக்கம், and the likes. As far as I am concerned, it is very important to all human beings. Anyway, that is for another time.

What triggered this post? Was watching Vijay TV at my sister in law’s house and heard Ms.Balabarathi MLA mention this and loved it.

பெண்கள் அடக்கமா இருக்கனும்-னு சொல்றாங்க, ஆனா அடக்கமா இருக்கனும்னா சுடுகாடு தான் போகனும். ஏன்னா, அங்கதான் அடக்கமானவங்க இருக்காங்க!(Loosely translated to, “They say woman needs to be with self-control (adakkam), if you need to see buried  (adakkamana) people, you need to go to the burial ground!”)

Ha Ha Ha!



  1. loved it !

    Comment by ranjani — September 7, 2009 @ 4:21 am

  2. அடக்கம் is humble or modest, no? (more than self control?)
    Good quote! 😉

    Comment by B o o. — September 7, 2009 @ 12:01 pm

  3. Boo, yes, like so many tamil words அடக்கம் also has many meanings depending on the context. self-control, humble, modest to name a few. Let me update.

    Comment by yaadayaada — September 7, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

  4. I could not watch that programme fully. But the way MLA started was too good.

    If you need to get answer for your question……….

    Think……..who was adakkama irunthaanga according to you

    MLA va illai Mrs Madras auh??

    Comment by Madhavan — September 9, 2009 @ 9:03 am

  5. follow adakkam

    Comment by xyz — August 3, 2010 @ 3:23 pm

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