'Gulab Jamun' And 'Chamcha' Go Global, 70 Indian Words Now In Oxford Dictionary

| October 29 , 2017 , 16:21 IST

In the past years, Indians have created their own language which is widely used on a global level and taking that into consideration Oxford has decided to add 70 such words in their English Dictionary.

Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Hindi and Gujarati, words from all the five languages which are most commonly used among the Indian population while communicating in English are included in the dictionary.

We have used words like 'Juggad' and 'Funda' for as long as we can remember and now they along with the sweet delicacies 'gulab jamun' and 'vada' among the others are a part of universal English.

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"Identified as distinctive to Indian English", approximately 900 words were included in the dictionary in September this year with their respective meanings. Many of them also describe the exclusive Indian names used to describe certain relations.

Danica Salazar, OED World English Editor said, "Indian speech etiquette features a complex system of kinship terms and terms of address, in which age, gender, status, and family relationships are marked by a highly specific vocabulary with no direct equivalents in English."

The OED further clarified the reason for these additions which belongs to "a highly specific vocabulary with no direct equivalents in English". As per Salazar, while Britishers were trying to mark India as their territory for four decades, the nation was able to leave an undeniable impact on them.

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India and Britain's shared history could be seen as a reason which left behind a legacy of loanwords and other lexical innovations which was able to enrich the English dictionary.

Danica further pointed that apart from reflecting the Indian history, the new additions also promote the diverse cultural and linguistic influences which shaped English as a language.