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Sahibs, Nabobs and Boxwallahs: A Dictionary of the Words of Anglo-India

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Authors (s): Ivor Lewis (Author)
Format: Softcover
ISBN-13: 9780195642230
Pages: xii+266p., Notes; 24cm.
Pub. date: 01.01.1999, Reprint
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Language (s): English
Bagchee ID: BB10
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Overview for Sahibs, Nabobs and Boxwallahs: A Dictionary of the Words of Anglo-India

Yule and Burnell’s Hobson-Jobson (1886) generated an abiding interests in the vocabulary that had grown out of the interrelationship of Englishmen and Indian in the days of the Raj. This work not only takes into account the known vocabulary but dredges the sources afresh-some for the first time-for their treasure of words, usages and curious information. In doing so, it looks anew at the etymologies ascribed by earlier scholars and includes the vocabulary of the twentieth century, all in a style that made Hobson-Jobson such a lasting joy. This dictionary, compiled on historical principles, contains nearly 4000 headwords dovetailed into their centuries and, wherever possible, into their years of first notices. It is extensively cross-referenced to stimulate the reader to follow the trail through the richness of Anglo-Indian vocabulary. Containing an extensive Historical Introduction, foreword, Register of References and bibliography, this book will delight the general reader and will be of great interest to lexicographers, linguists and social historians.
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