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Can you think of a word from any of the Indian languages later assimilated with English?

Asked by Good Citizen, 14 Nov '08 12:11 pm
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It is indeed ironic that nearly 700 Indian words have earned a place in the vocabulary of the very language of its colonizers. Indian and Indo-English words are steadily finding a place in the Oxford Dictionary. English has borrowed freely from Indian languages, following its general pattern of borrowing as much as possible from other languages. A study of English vocabulary will reveal the fact that English has borrowed freely and called its own, words from several African, Asian and European countries. Some examples 1. Philosophical and Spiritual terms * Aryan (Sanskrit) a group of people who spoke the parent language of the Indo-European group of languages. * Chakra (Sanskrit) center of spiritual energy in the human body, wheel or circle. * Dharma (Sanskrit) moral law. * Guru (Sanskrit) a teacher, guide or mentor. * Nirvana (Sanskrit) a state of perfect happiness. 2. Social and Religious terms * Juggernaut (Hindi) an overwhelming force th ...more
Answered by PARTHA PATHAK, 14 Nov '08 12:23 pm

 
  
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Sepoy
Answered by gem mina, 14 Nov '08 02:23 pm

 
  
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'Panchakarma'.
Answered by Bipin Musale, 14 Nov '08 12:56 pm

 
  
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Curry
Answered by arpana gandhi, 14 Nov '08 12:23 pm

 
  
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There are several words from Indian languages which are accepted in Europe, USA and included in Oxford Dictionary....Guru, Pandit...In Romania, I have seen the word Ananas for pineapple and camara for room...
Answered by gajanan wamanacharya, 14 Nov '08 12:17 pm

 
  
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There is one word Avatar which in English language means, "A new personification of a familiar idea".
Answered by Jack Johnson, 14 Nov '08 12:16 pm

 
  
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There are so many words that have been assimilated with British english. The latest word to be added is "chuddies", which was used in the british comedy series Goodness Gracious Me.
Answered by Anand K, 14 Nov '08 12:14 pm

 
  
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Cup,plate,chair etc.
Answered by Kajal Sen, 14 Nov '08 12:13 pm

 
  
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Not always
Answered by Damodar Biswal, 14 Nov '08 12:11 pm

 
  
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