'Dadagiri', 'Jugaad', 'Surya Namaskar' among 70 Indian words added to Oxford English Dictionary

Oct 27, 2017 12:53 IST
Oxford English Dictionary

Indian words like 'Dadagiri', 'Jugaad', 'Surya Namaskar', 'Anna', 'Achcha', 'Bapu' and few others were added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) in the month of September 2017.

These words are among 70 Indian words from various regional languages like Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Bengali and Gujarati that were added to the dictionary.

The dictionary added over 1000 new words in its September edition.

Indian Words in the September 2017 edition of Oxford English Dictionary

• Several Indian food items names found their place in the dictionary this year. These food items names are Bhindi, Gosht, Gulab Jamun, Keema, Mirch, Mirch Masala, Namkeen and Vada.
• Frequently used terms like jugaad, funda, achcha, natak, timepass and chup also found their place in the dictionary.
• Alongside respectful words like 'ji', 'mata' and 'jai', this free online dictionary included the words like 'dadagiri', 'chaudhuri', 'chamcha'.
• Some Indian English words too marked their entry this year, such as 'chakka jam' (traffic jam), 'mirch masala' (an Indian spice blend) and 'namkeen' (a small savoury snack or dish in India).
• Popular Telegu word ‘Anna’ which means elder brother was included in the dictionary. Till now ‘Anna’ meant a former monetary unit of India and Pakistan.
• Considering the popularity of Indian Yoga worldwide, 'Surya Namaskar' was added to the dictionary.
• Urdu word 'Abba' which means father, found a place in the prestigious dictionary.

List of new Indian Terms added to OED

Jai

Ji

Mata

Abba

Didi

Anna

Bapu

Chacha

Bhavan

Desh

Devi

Chamcha

Jugaad

Dadagiri

Chaudhuri

Bhindi

Keema

Mirch

Namkeen

Mirch Masala

Gosht

Vada

Gulab Jamun

Tikka Masala

Diya

Funda

Achcha

Bas

Bada

Bada Din

Gully

Kund

Jhuggi

Haat

Nagar

Nivas

Qila

Chakka Jam

Tappa

Lunch Home

Nai

Natak

Timepass

Dum

Borewell

Sevak

Sevika

Chup

Surya Namaskar

Cousin Brother And Cousin Sister

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) publishes four updates every year in the months of March, June, September, and December. The Oxford University Press considers all walks of life while adding the words, be it sports, movies, politics, education or gossips and social media.

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