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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.

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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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