Word Power

by November 24, 2018 0 comments

Some Indian words have been added to the Oxford dictionary, making it a time for India to be prouder of its origins.

The words of Indian origin in the Oxford English Dictionary span categories such as people and places, food, clothing and accessories, society, wildlife and nature, and so on. Some of the most commonly used Indian words are raita, pashmina, bhelpuri, dal and chutney among others.

The British Council, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary, has released a list of 70 words of Indian origin in the Oxford English Dictionary. The occasion highlights how the English language has evolved with words of Indian origin ranging from a few words that date back to the pre-independence period and many that have been added recently (like bhelpuri, churidar).

“There are many points of connection over the centuries in which people, ideas, language, goods and services have moved between Britain and India.  The British Council has been one such point and as we celebrate our 70th year, we are proud to say that we have been inspired by India everyday of those 70 years and hope that in a small way, we inspire young people in both our countries to imagine what the next 70 years could be. Our 70 Words is a momentary reminder of the layers of connection and fluid nature of the English language,” said Alan Gemmell OBE, director India, British Council.

“For the cashmere we drape and pyjamas we sleep in; the bangles we wear; the shampoo that cleans our hair; the cheetahs we watch whose speed we admire; and, the curry and kedgeree we might eat on a verandah — we thank the rich languages of India, and the people who have mixed and shared over the generations of those last four hundred years”, he said.

Writer: Team Viva

Source: The pioneer

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