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Indian English vocabulary

June 7, 2010
By Ben Zimmer (New York, NY)Visual Thesaurus ContributorVisual Thesaurus Moderator
Words that have special meanings in Indian English.

http://www.visualthesaurus.com/cm/wordroutes/2307/
abstain
to stay away from something: "The workers who abstained from work yesterday have been suspended."
avail
to make use of something, esp. an opportunity or offer: "To avail all these benefits, just register online."
bogie
a railway carriage/railroad car
colony
a small town set up by an employer or an organization for its workers
communalism
a strong sense of belonging to a particular, especially religious, community, which can lead to extreme behaviour or violence towards others
copy
a book used by students for writing exercises, etc.
dicky
the boot/trunk of a car
encounter
an incident in which police shoot dead a suspected criminal: "The two gangsters were later killed in a police encounter."
hotel
a restaurant
light
(of tea or coffee) containing a lot of water: "I don't like my coffee too light."
metro
a large or capital city, especially Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai or Chennai: "Here are the temperatures recorded at the four metros at 5 o'clock this morning."
ply
(of ships, buses, etc.) to travel regularly along a particular route or between two particular places
ramp
the long stage that models walk on during a fashion show
revert
to reply: "Excellent openings—kindly revert with your updated CV."
tank
an artificial pool, lake or reservoir
tiffin
a small meal, especially lunch

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Tuesday June 8th 2010, 2:29 AM
Comment by: Lawrence A. R.
"to avail of" is also found in Philippine English.
Wednesday June 9th 2010, 1:56 PM
Comment by: Monono
I am always amazed of how PRE CONCEPS appear in the tiniest things that we do. Have you ever stopped to look at the words you've associated to indian people living in England?
Tuesday June 15th 2010, 1:17 PM
Comment by: Micheal F. (Toronto Canada)
Let's not forget about prepone, a very Indian word, and one which is not recognised elsewhere, including, it seems, in the visual thesaurus.
Tuesday June 15th 2010, 9:42 PM
Comment by: Ben Zimmer (New York, NY)Visual Thesaurus ContributorVisual Thesaurus Moderator
For more on "prepone" and other Indian English words, see:

http://www.visualthesaurus.com/cm/wordroutes/2307/
Tuesday September 27th 2011, 2:52 AM
Comment by: Priyam (Ahmedabad, India)
I am an Indian so I cannot find ANY mistake in this. Whether you english people find or not.
Tuesday September 27th 2011, 2:56 AM
Comment by: Priyam (Ahmedabad, India)
Jai Hind!

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