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These English words originated from India

These English words   originated from India

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Blighty: A minor wound, but serious enough to take a soldier out of combat. The word was derived from "Britain" (as a term of endearment among British troops stationed in Colonial India): from Hindi-Urdu 'vilayati' meaning foreign.

Bunglow: The term originated in India, deriving from the Hindi word 'bangla', meaning "Bengali" and used elliptically for a "house in the Bengal style".

Dacoit: The word was derived from 'Daku', meaning a member of a class of criminals who engage in organised robbery and murder. Hence also dacoity (banditry)

Cummerbund: A broad sash, especially one that is pleated lengthwise and worn as an article of formal dress, as with a tuxedo or dinner jacket. It was derived from the Hindi word 'kamarband' which literally means "waistband, belt."

Shampoo: Derived from Hindi word 'champo' meaning "rub!", dating back to 1762.

Thug: This cool 21st century word going viral now developed from the Hindi word 'Thagi,' meaning "thief or con man.

Veranda: A gallery, platform, or balcony, usually roofed and often partly enclosed, extending along the outside of a building. Taken from the Indian word 'baramdaa', but ultimately probably from Portuguese or Spanish.

Yoga: From Sanskrit term 'yog' for ancient Hindu spiritual practices in India.

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