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Anna, abbu, achcha now part of Oxford dictionary

By Vicky

There have been 70 Indian words that have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Anna which means elder brother is now part of the famous dictionary.

Anna, abbu, achcha now part of Oxford dictionary

Anna which exists in the dictionary as a noun means form of monetary unit. Now anna2 has been added and this word in several South Indian languages means elder brother or a respectful form of address.

The Urdu word Abba meaning father too has been added. The other words that have made it to the OED are Achcha, Bapu, Bada Din, Bachcha, Surya Namaskar.

According to Release notes: Indian English' written by Danica Salazar, OED World English Editor, "Seventy words originating from Indian English have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary in this latest update, alongside the 900 or so words already existing in the OED."

"Indian speech etiquette features a complex system of kinship terms and terms of address, in which age, gender, status, and family relationships are marked by a highly specific vocabulary with no direct equivalents in English.This lexical gap is filled by borrowing such words from Indian languages (abba, anna, bapu, chacha, didi, mata), or adapting existing English words (cousin brother, cousin sister)," she also wrote.

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