Also, I wanted to include a note about this word from the Njanga Ninga
episode in Puthussery, Palakkad:
vijayjohn wrote:[ˈpaːsəm] - 'love', I guess. They say it means [ˈsneːhəm], which can mean 'love' but also just 'being nice'. I'm not sure what meaning they were going for here.
This is also the Tamil word for 'love'. Apparently, it comes from the Sanskrit word pāˊśa
'noose, snare, cord, fetter' (it means more or less the same in Tamil except that Tamil has also extended it to mean 'love', among other things).