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Tirukkural-On Virtue-Avoiding Idle Talk-Kural 196

By Staff
Payanilsol paaraattu vaanai mahanenal
Makkat pathadi yenal.

One who habitually utters vain and profitless words is no man, but just chaff among men.

A man of idle talk is just chaff among men. That would be the judgment on men who glory in idle talk. The New Testament of the Bible expresses a similar sentiment when it says:

'By thy words thou shalt be condemned'
(Matt. 12:37)

The word 'Yenal' has been used most effectively here, in the imperative mood, in two directly opposed senses – negative and affirmative.

Story first published: Tuesday, June 2, 2009, 10:30 [IST]
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