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krishnamachar p
words the west "stole"
by krishnamachar p on Nov 02, 2016 08:58 AM

Don't say "stole". They have adopted or absorbed. There are many other words right from mango or kattamaran to yoga and veda.

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surendra tripathi
English- looted
by surendra tripathi on Nov 01, 2016 07:11 PM

There are so many words, other than these 10, they have stollen from us. Not only this they have stole our literature also.

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Thomas Chacko
Indian words in English
by Thomas Chacko on Oct 30, 2016 05:38 PM  | Hide replies

There is a lot of chest-thumping about English stealing words from Indian languages. There is no point in any triumphalism about the presence of Indian language words in English. This always happens in situations involving contact between languages. Languages in contact freely give and take words from one another. Lexical borrowing is not a sign of superiority of the language borrowed from or of the inferiority of the language that borrows. Once integrated into the borrowing language, the words become the property of anyone who uses that language. besides, unlike human borrowing of money, lexical borrowing only leads to the enrichment of both the languages. English has more than a million words today only because it freely borrowed words from various languages of the world.

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biswajit hota
words grabbed by west
by biswajit hota on Oct 27, 2016 11:24 AM

There are many other words like mahut,jungle,bunglow,bazar,juggernaut which are basically hindi/Indian words but used in English also.

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Truly Indian
More words Please
by Truly Indian on Oct 26, 2016 09:18 AM  | Hide replies

eg. Jungle

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K Mohanan
Re: More words Please
by K Mohanan on Oct 26, 2016 12:14 PM
Tomattor, Atrandom, Shikar!

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Srinivas Konuri
by Srinivas Konuri on Oct 25, 2016 07:40 PM

There are uncanny similarities between Magna Carta and Indian Constitution. No doubt Britain stole it from India even though Magna Carta precedes Indian constitution by several centuries.

More people watch cricket in India than rest of the world combined. Therefore, no doubt Britain stole cricket from India as well.

So Shameless!

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Manohar Rao
Indian words in English dictionary
by Manohar Rao on Oct 25, 2016 01:21 PM

The author mentioned only few of Hindi words. There are many more words taken from Sanskrit and other Indian languages. In fact English is an amalgam of many languages as Britishers traveled many countries and even occupied them for many years and hence many new words were added to English vocabulary. That is why English is called a bastard language.
West has not only stole our words, they have even stole our literature like Panchtantra which they call it as Aeshop's Fables. They have stole our aircraft technology, the atomic energy technology and even our mythology, you will find many uncanny similarities between Bible and Gita.

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by raj on Oct 25, 2016 12:28 PM

It is so silly to call it stolen...it should be called borrowing...
the word Button has come form tamil pothan..
the word sugar has come from sakkarai ...to shakkar in hindi...to english..
the word sir itself has tamil origin...avar,ivar,thiruvaaluvar adding r to respectfully address..
there are many many...

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padmanabhan Raghavachari
the stolen words
by padmanabhan Raghavachari on Oct 25, 2016 12:06 PM  | Hide replies


Not only the words were stolen from us but also
various items like yoga and meditation,various herbals grown in our country; in short even before the II world war many scientific particulars (like atom bomb etc) written by our ancient seers in Sanskrit were stolen by the westerners (the Germans first) and are now claiming authority to them .

Does anyone of us are aware of these and many more things that were lost by us through our indifference?

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vaskas das
Re: the stolen words
by vaskas das on Oct 25, 2016 03:47 PM

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