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Lemony, but not Snickett


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I was watching Black Narcissus today, and the natives would occasionally call the nuns "Lemony", instead of saying "Sister". Since my only other experience with the word Lemony is the author Lemony Snickett, I was wondering if someone out there could enlighten me?

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According to the novel it's spelled "lemini." As mentioned earlier, it does appear to be a native term for "sister" --


"Sister Clodagh looked at the door. . . . 'Are you Joseph Antony, the son of the cook?'


'Yes, lady.'


Ayah gave him a tap behind. 'She isn't a lady, she's a Sister. Say, "Yes, Lemini."'"

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Not surprising, though it is, in any any case, a transliteration of a native language that doesn't employ the Roman alphabet (and those are usually a bit flexible); therefore, any transliteration will serve, as long as it results in the correct pronunciation.

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