Glossary


The empire was a vast collection of lands, climates, peoples. flora and fauna. It was only to be expected that the Imperialists would come across concepts, physical objects and wildlife that they had never come across before and they would need to find a word to describe these new entities. Sometimes these entities would be formed by combining two or more familiar English words. But, more often than not, the imperialists would borrow a term from the native inhabitants. The empire would help turn the parochial English tongue into an enormous cosmopolitan language enriched with words borrowed from every corner of the globe:

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Hobson Jobson
Anglo-Indian Dictionary. This was the standard dictionary, compiled in the late-19th century, that looked at Indian words assimilated into English. It casts a fascinating view on the language and culture of the Anglo-Indians. Highly Recommended.

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