An AskMeFi post asks the intriguing question:
In the film Black Narcissus, the nuns are referred to directly with a formal address that sounds like “lemony.” What is it? You can hear Joseph say it here three times very clearly, at 5:15 and forward. It is used for all the nuns.
A comment in the ensuing thread says:
Yes, it says “Lemini” in the book, so it’s Rumer Godden’s choice, not Powell’s or Pressburger’s. Rumer Godden spent her childhood in Narayanganj, now-Bangladesh. So even though the setting of the book is the Darjeeling area, and presumably the nuns would have been speaking Bengali or Hindi or Nepali, she may have used an honorific familiar to her from one of the other languages of now-Bangladesh.
Since no further information has turned up there, I thought I’d ask my multilingual readers to weigh in. Anybody know what language this word might be, and what its literal meaning is?