Saturday, December 19, 2009

I am going south...

...if you thought I was doing badly then that's the whole point of the post ! Why is going south a bad thing ? Just because south indicates going in a downward direction in a traditional compass ?

For someone born in South India and living in South Germany, I take offence when someone uses ''going south'' for bad/declining things ! With the recession we had (yes, had, things are improving already) I have heard careers, companies, people everything going south and it irks me...really does !

I, for one, prefer going south in Italy/Spain - better weather, better places and a lot more fun.

I have also read ''going west'' and this is usually associated with the sun setting in the west and hence this expression is again used in a negative context.

Although I kind of understand the logic behind all these expressions (however twisted it is), I would feel a lot happier if we left the directions out of the nuances in the language !


  1. Waiting for Bharath's reply :-)

    Enna oru villaththanam :-) naan ennaiya sonnen

  2. @SK

    aha...kudugalama irukara kudumabathula gummi adichiduveenga polarukke....

    this post is not intended for Bharath, I have heard many people use it and him using it just reminded me to write about it...(oru ponna nimmadhiya politics pannama ezhudhu vida maatangale...che...che...)

  3. அவ்வ்வ்வ்வ்வ்வ்வ்வ் முடியல... இப்புடியெல்லாம் கோர்த்து வேற விட்றாங்கப்பா..

    I really thought you are going somewhere in Italy/spain/morocco etc..

    I think there is a difference between these two sentences..

    I'm going south
    My career is going south

    If the subject is a living or moving thing south will mean the direction only...

    Also south is a relative thing.. To me you are from North(TN.. i'm from Madurai!!!) i don't think there is much to get emotional abt it. If somebody living in Ground floor says not use to "going down" for negative things then it would be tough..

    கடைசியா ஒன்ணு சொல்லி முடிச்சிக்கிறேன்.. “Phrase சொன்னா அனுபவிக்கனும் ஆராயக்கூடாது..” :D

  4. @Bharath

    I am indeed going south(I was hoping one of them would see it that way, you did :D)

    I am especially annoyed with this usage because I have heard many people interpreting this as north is more developed in most countries than the south (for the sake of political correctness, will leave out examples).

    'Going down' analogy konjam jasthi, 'down' was intended to be such a word, but south isn't illa ??

  5. ஹாஹா ஹா ஹா ஹா.. :-)

    அவ்வளவு தானா பரத், ..

    SG, இருந்தாலும் நீங்க இப்படி செஞ்சு இருக்க கூடாது :-) நாராயணா நாராயணா


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