Meaning of “sutta”

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      cubibobi
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      I was listening to a Thero last night, and he said that the true meaning of “sutta” was “listening”. People learned Dhamma at the Buddha’s time via listening to the Buddha, hence the meaning. Has anyone heard of this rendering before?

      My guess is that he equated “sutta” with “sota“. However, I remember reading the below post that “sutta = su + atta”, which make sense to me.

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      Lal
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      Lang (cubibobi) wrote: “I was listening to a Thero last night, and he said that the true meaning of “sutta” was “listening”..”

      I had not heard that before.

      However, Pali words may have more than one meaning. But they must be consistent.
      – “Sota” can be used for listening, but I am not sure whether sutta is.

      I also saw somewhere that sutta could also mean “threading”, like “threading or combining/making relationships among different Dhamma concepts.

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