Talk:Anuṣṭubh

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Anushtubh or Anushtup?[edit]

Which is the correct spelling- अनुष्टुप or अनुष्टुभ ? Or, is it both?--अनुनाद सिंह (talk) 09:56, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

The root is अनुष्टुभ् but the nominative case is अनुष्टुप् (See its declension table in Devanagari or IAST.)
It's a perennial question whether to use the root (प्रातिपदिक) or nominative form for Sanskrit terms. Scholarly literature tends towards the former, and popular sources towards the latter.
For words of the most common type (masculine & neuter nouns ending with -a/i/u, feminine nouns), both use the root form: Rāma, Shiva, Ganesha, Hari, Guru, etc.
For some words, we have articles at the root name: "Atman" (instead of Atma), Dandin instead of Dandi, etc.
For some common words, it would be very weird to use the root form, say "Hanumat" instead of "Hanuman".
This seems a sufficiently technical article to use the scholarly (as in modern English scholarship) form Anuṣṭubh. Shreevatsa (talk) 03:35, 11 March 2015 (UTC)