"Pundit" and now "Avatar".....
we speaking the same language?
thought that this would be interesting to you. Lately we have been
seeing so many words that sound so Indian used by everyone around us.
have heard "guru", "pundit" and now
of these words are easily recognizable as Indian words. There are
others, though a part of modern day spoken English, which are seldom
recognized as being of Indian origin. Most of these words were
assimilated during the later part of the 16th to the 20th century,
when the British were following an aggressive imperial policy in the
dictionary, with every edition, faithfully records all the Indian
words absorbed into the English vocabulary. English has accepted words
from Sanskrit, Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Gujarati and Marathi. The
following is an interesting list.
and Spiritual terms
(Sanskrit) – a group of people who spoke the parent language of
the Indo-European group of languages.
(Sanskrit) – center of spiritual energy in the human body, wheel
(Sanskrit) – moral law.
(Sanskrit) – a teacher, guide or mentor.
(Sanskrit) – a state of perfect happiness.
Social and Religious terms
(Hindi) – an overwhelming force that crushes everything in its
(Tamil) - social outcast.
(Hindi) – a learned person.
(Urdu) – a curtain or screen used for purposes of sex
Terms of Fashion
(Hindi) – a large, handkerchief brightly colored.
(Hindi) – a dot marked on the forehead by Hindu wives.
(Hindi) – a rigid bracelet or anklet.
(Hindi) – a loincloth worn by Hindu men in
(Rajasthani) – long riding breeches.
(Tamil) – a spicy dish.
(Hindi) – a type of rice.
(Hindi) – clarified butter.
(Urdu) – roasted meat.
(Hindi) – a side dish for food.
(Bengali) – a small house.
(Hindi) – stolen goods.
(Marathi) – a note or letter.
(Tamil) – a raft made of wood.
(Sanskrit) – long legged, African or South West Asian wild cat
that can run at tremendous speed.
The Concise Oxford Dictionary has made around 80 additions.
of the new words that appear in this version are bhagwan,
bhakti, bhajan, adda, parishad, dicky
videshi, deshi, chamcha, badmash, hawala, bandh, dhaba and
others. Names of culinary delights like bhelpuri,
are now English.
The most recently added are bindaas,
find as we merge as a society we find ourselves speaking the same
language....a global English !
is a link to the story on CNN -IBN