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Hi all

The word pundit comes from the sanskrit pandit and means a learned man.

In Thailand the word is anglicised into Bandit

Unfortunately there is no doubt that some of our worlds pundits/pandits evolved into bandits :-)



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Hi austingrd

yes, I copied the explanations from Microsoft Bookshelf Basics


pandit (pàn´dît) or pundit (pùn´-) noun

1. A Brahman scholar or learned man.

2. Used as a title of respect for a learned man in India.

f.x. Jawaharlal Nehru byname Pandit (Hindi: “Pundit” or “Teacher”)

i.e. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru


pundit (pùn´dît) noun

1. A source of opinion; a critic: a political pundit.

2. A learned person.

3. Hinduism. Variant of pandit.

[Hindi paNdit, learned man, from Sanskrit paNditah, learned; scholar, perhaps of Dravidian origin.]


My brother - who is married to a Thai called me a "word-bandit"

He - I of course hope - meant it in the Thai way :-)

Close to their house In Bangkok there is a school called Bandit School :-)

Bandit in Danish has the same meaning as the English word.





I actually looked this up. Apparently, it also means a person who is expert on a subject. Funny, it has a lot of meanings. icon_smile.gif
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