Four or five years ago, H bought a Trackman mouse, which supposedly reduces stress on the wrist, caused by constant 'mousing'! V, however finds it difficult to use this mouse, because his fingers are a little too small to reach the 'red ball' and ends up clicking as he likes. We searched for the old optical mouse that was resting in the loft and it is an understatement if I say V was excited.
H fixed it for him. After a few minutes...
V: Appa...intha mouseku Vaale illa (This mouse has no tail)
Another tail err..tale...
It is common in Tamil to address a naughty child as 'vaalu' (tail) referring to our tailed ancestors.
It is also common in Tambram parlance to address elders 'Periyavaa' (otherwise periyavanga) and the younger ones 'Chinnava' (Chinnavanga).
When used in a sentence this may become Periyavlellam etc, meaning all elders.
Now that word when split becomes periya-vaal meaning big tail and chinna-vaal meaning small tail.
Conversations with V sometimes end like this...
Me: Athu chinnavaalukellam kidaiyathu (That is not for the little ones)
V: (thinks for a while then..) Oho...athu kutti-vaaluku kedaiyathaa...unna maathiri Bigu-vaaluku thaana (So that is not for little vaalus like me but big vaalus like you)