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‘Chuddies’ becomes latest Indian word to enter Oxford English Dictionary

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‘Chuddies’ (underpants) is the latest Indian word to enter the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), which has incorporated many such words from the sub-continent that reflect the long encounter between India and Britain over the centuries.

The word has figured in several gazettes and publications during British rule, but came into prominence when it was used in the popular British-Asian comedy series ‘Goodness Gracious Me’ on BBC television in the mid-1990s.

Used as the Asian equivalent of ‘kiss my a**e’, actor Sanjeev Bhaskar used the phrase: ‘kiss my chuddies’, which became popular and entered the mainstream discourse. Bhaskar played one of two characters called ‘Bhangra Muffins’ in the series, the other actor was Kulvinder Gheer.

Jonathan Dent, senior assistant editor at OED, says: “Our coverage of British Indian usage gets an update with the addition of the dismissive kiss my chuddies (underpants), popularised as a catchphrase by actor and writer Sanjeev Bhaskar”.

The OED entry describes the etymology of ‘chuddies’ and adds: ‘Short trousers, shorts. Now usually: underwear; underpants. British colloquial. kiss my chuddies and variants: used as an expression of dismissal, rejection, or disdain; cf. kiss my a**e’.

The dictionary mentions its first use in the Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine in 1858 and in the 1885 Gazetteer Bombay Presidency: “The men wear a pair of short light drawers of chaddis reaching to the knee.”

The March update to the dictionary includes 650 new words, phrases and senses.

“This quarter’s update includes some new entries and senses which we’ve drafted in response to our recent appeals: the #wordswhereyouare request for regional vocabulary, and the #hobbywords appeal for words associated with particular pastimes”, Dent added.

Many Indian words entered the English lexicon over the centuries and are in use in everyday discourse. ‘Hobson-Jobson’, a glossary published in 1886, included as many as 2000 entries of words and terms from Indian languages during the British ‘raj’.

Some of the commonly used words of Indian etymology are: loot, bungalow, avatar, mantra, chutney, cot, dacoit, dungaree, juggernaut, guru, pundit, khaki, jungle, nirvana, pukka, pyjamas, veranda, maharajah and punch.

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Birthday Special: Take a look at Top 10 melodious tracks of KK

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Krishnakumar Kunnath, famously known as KK, was among the best artists in the country. On May 31, the brilliant vocalist died following a cardiac arrest at his show in Kolkata. He was gifted with a disorderly yet smooth voice that will be recalled by his fans for a long time to come. On the event of his 54th birthday, have a look at his best 10 heartwarming tracks. <3


1. Aankhon Mein Teri Ajab Si.

2. Yaaro Dosti.

3. Tadap Tadap Ke.

4. Tu Aashiqui Hai.

5. Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai.

6. Khuda Jaane.

7. Zara Sa.

8. Dil Kyu Yeh Mera.

9. Hai Junoon.

10. Pyaar Ke Pal.

 

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US woman’s bhangra performance wins hearts. Watch video

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A US lady has left netizens stunned with her bhangra dance. The lady is seen killing the bhangra moves in a video shared on Instagram.

In the video, she is seen performing bhangra in her kitchen wearing a T-shirt and yoga pants. She effortlessly performs to the melody “Chidi Blauri”, sung by Mannat Noor and Ammy Virk, from 2018 film Laung Laachi. Happily, she grooves energetically, winning the hearts of netizens.

“Something delayed for now,” Omala, the Instagrammer captioned the post. The video has earned more than 1.2 million hits on Instagram.

One of her social media follower commented, “hell yes, you had the swag and attitude and perfectly done steps to traditional Bhangra! Whoot whoot.” Another client remarked, “What aa dance ????? amazing ?.”

 

 

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Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor’s wedding: Couple’s big day is finally here, the couple is set to tie the knot today

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Finally, Ranbir and Alia are to tie the knot today. Ranbir Kapoor’s whole family is excited about it. Yesterday, the Yeh Jawani hai Deewani star held Mehendi and Haldi ceremonies at his Pali Hill residence Vastu. Apart from his family members, several other stars such as Karan Johar, etc were present at the rituals. Neetu Kapoor and Riddhima Kapoor have already confirmed with the paparazzi that Alia and Ranbir are tying the knot today i.e 14th April, some reports however suggest that the muhurat of Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt wedding is at 3:30 pm. In a recent interview, Shakti Kapoor said that Rishi Kapoor wanted to see Ranbir-Alia’s wedding with his own eyes and he is glad that Ranbir didn’t delay the wedding anymore.

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