Re: Lost words of the British Raj

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Dr. Jai Maharaj

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Oct 3, 2019, 5:39:50 AM10/3/19
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<3116fb40-947f-4094...@googlegroups.com>,
Arindam Banerjee <banerjee...@gmail.com> posted:
>
> While seeing the serial "Ain't half hot here Mum" I came
> across a number of words spoken by the British in India,
> now totally lost to the English language. Some are below,
> among the lost words from the lost world.
>
> basha - dwelling, habitat
> punkawalla - a chap to be kicked
> koi hai - anyone around
> bearer - office boy (in Indiann offices they are called
> messenger these days)
> darzee - tailor
> chota - small
> burra - large
> beewee - wife
> garam - hot
> Thanda - cold
>
> etc. etc.
>
> The India upto 1947 looks so strange today.

All still used in Bharat, especially in U.P. and neigboring
states. My notes below:

beewee = bibi, beebee
thanda = tthanda (hard "t")
chota = chhota
bearer = bairaa = waiter in arestaurant
koi hai = anyone here = anyone is
bhasha = language

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