This site is for the Mark & Naomi Iliff family. For Mark’s work persona go to Talespinner

Editor access Iliff-King phrasebook



Suss-ar-ekal! exclamation

Pa’s take on his father’s take on a Sikh battle cry


From Pa’s father WHK’s tales of scooting along a single track railway on a handcart when a train was due, and such like, during construction of the telegraph connection to Nepal

Collected by

Pa –
Noel King – father of Naomi


Suss-ar-ekal! was also the cry Pa was yelling as he told a spell-bound Clare, in 1955 in Devon, a story of Sikh heroism whilst driving across a junction without stopping to check the traffic. The van, Bluebird, emerged undriveable and the family had to be retrieved by Mr Butler of Radcliffe-on-Trent Motors in a small charabanc.

The meaning of the phrase has not been traced. An online translation service reckons it’s a Bangali proper name

Submitted: 09/03/2022 by Mark

/phrase/word.php 594
528 510