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Oxford English Dictionary Adds 70 Indian Words

02-11-2017 06:00 AM | Lathika Saju | My Indian Dream


Oxford English Dictionary Adds 70 Indian Words | My Indian Dream

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Indian delicacies find place in Oxford English Dictionary

From Indian delicacies like 'Ghosht', 'Gulab Jamun', 'Bhelpuri' and 'Bhindi' to colloquial terms such as 'Yaar', 'Chi-Chi', 'Jugaad' and 'Chup', 70 Indian words have found recognition in the Oxford English Dictionary(OED).

The words included in the OED have been taken from various Indian languages such as Telugu, Urdu, Tamil, Hindi and Gujarati. ‘Abba’, the term of endearment used to address one’s father in many families has also been added.

With yoga making an impact all over the world, it is no surprise that ‘Surya Namaskar’ has found a place in OED. ‘Anna’ a monetary term which equals one-sixteenth of a rupee already existed in the OED as a noun. Now, it has been included as a Tamil and Telugu word, which is used to address one’s elder brother.

The OED is updated four times in a year, in the months of March, June, September and December, and so far, 900 Indian words have been recognized in the dictionary. The words are selected carefully and they are taken into consideration only after they have been used in public for a couple of years.

Every year, the new words that are coined are closely monitored by the Oxford Dictionary and The Oxford University Press. The words are included in the dictionary only after a lot of consideration.



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