Oh my word Nobel, Noble, Nobble
Who in India would have expected that one day Kailash Satyarthi will be awarded with a Nobel Prize for his work for the betterment of children? The...
Who in India would have expected that one day Kailash Satyarthi will be awarded with a Nobel Prize for his work for the betterment of children? The Nobel Prize was awarded to him along with Pakistan-born Malala in 2014 for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.
Nobel Prize is the prestigious international prize awarded annually to six members for their outstanding achievement in the fields of science (chemistry, medicine, physics and economics), literature, world peace. It is named after Alfred Bernhard Nobel (1833 – 1896) a Swedish innovator, arms manufacturer and inventor of the infamous dynamite.
In his will, he said that his fortune should be institutionalised to give prizes to the brilliant inventions and stunning humanitarian works of people across the world. Till to this day, the annual Nobel Prize creates headlines.
Nobel’s noble idea!
Noble is an adjective meaning someone who shows excellent character and attitude without a trace of pettiness or meanness; impressive in size or appearance. It is also a person belonging to aristocracy or who has the aristocratic heritage or descent. Derivatives of noble are nobler, noblest (adjectives), noble (noun: person of noble rank or birth or both), nobleman or noblewoman (aristocrat), nobly (adverb: in a splendid manner).
Noblesse oblige is a French phrase but figures in English language. It refers to people in positions of power or authority or ones having privileges. “There was no one who was alone like he was. There was no nobleman who did not belong among the noblemen. No worker that did not belong with the workers and found refuge among them, shared their life, spoke their language.” – ‘Siddharatha’ by Hermann Hesse.
Nobble is a slang in Britain. It means bribing someone to get a favour which is unfair or illegal. To get something by devious and dishonest means, catching a criminal and also to tamper with a racehorse so that the chances of winning of the horse in the race is less.
There are instances in Indian judiciary when judges in lower courts and special courts were caught when they were nobbled. There are people who do noble tasks and go unnoticed for a longtime but eventually they will discovered, and possibly recognised with a Nobel Prize.