Indian Words brought into English from the Raj

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  1. "Bandook" - "pukkah" - "dekko" - "bukshee". Any more?
     
  2. msr

    msr LE

    Jodhpurs

    Bungalow
     
  3. Char(wallah)?
     
  4. meridian

    meridian LE Good Egg (charities)

    Dhobi

    Dum Dum

    Balti

    Was only joking about the last one :D
     
  5. dum-dum
    goolie
     
  6. wallah-man

    fellah-peasant

    klifti wallah-thief

    Burra-big

    chota-small

    badmash-bandit

    jangli wallah-MOD civil servant

    Thug-devotee of KALI-DURGA
     
  7. bint
    charpoy
     
  8. I think 'bint' is arabic?
     
  9. Thanks 4(T) I wont bother having endless hours of fun thinking of words and discussing them with my fellow members now. Don't suppose you've got the answers to tomorrow's Telegraph crossword have you? (sarcasm!)
     
  10. bint
    charpoy
     
  11. I think bint is Arabic - but like charpoy, bandook etc it was used as slang by old soldiers born before about 1925.