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CategoriesNooks and cranniesYesteryearSemantic enigmasThe body beautifulRed tape, white liesSpeculative scienceThis sceptred isleRoot of all evilEthical conundrumsThis sporting lifeStage and screenBirds and also the bees BIRDS AND THE BEESWhy is the lion referred to as "the king of the jungle" when it lives in open up country? JUNGLE is a word in Hindi meaning "not an occupied place". Words covers forest, wilderness, wold, waste, also the civilization (without humale structures). The emphasis is on emptiness. Much of what is referred to as jungle in India is steppe or virtually desert. Jim McManus, Wheaton Aston, Staffs. ONE REASON for the confusion is that "jungle" is obtained from the Hindi (and also thus additionally from Sanskrit) words. There are no tropical woodlands in India, and also the definitive text on the derivation of the word (Frances Zimmermann"s "Jungle and the Aroma of Meats") makes a great situation for saying that "jangala" really supposed an open up savannah-choose terrain, exceptionally suitable for the Indian lion. How "jungle" came to be construed in British English as a thick tropical forest with creepers etc. is still rather unclear; the Hindi word "jungle" in rural north India is a term still extremely much in use to explain the fields and the margins of cultivated lands such as common grazing lands. (Prof) Roger Jeffery, Department of Sociology and also Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Edinburgh (rjeffery
afb1.ssc.ed.ac.uk) On this point it is true that the regional word "jungli" means wild or uncivilised lands ie notlived in by humans. However before I would suggest out that tright here is tropical forest in the Western Ghats of India and that these did at one time hold populaces of lions and many kind of various other wild creatures. Afatab Hussain, Rawalpindi, Pakistan I assumed Tarzan was king of the jungle? Campbell McGregor, Glasgow, UK Add your answer

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