After ‘Twerk’, ‘Arre Yaar’, ‘Choorridar’ enter Oxford Dictionary

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The Oxford English Dictionary announced ‘Twerking’ as one of 500 new entries this year and now comes the surprise. According to the dictionary, Urdu words like ‘Arre Yaar’, ‘choorridar’, ‘bhelpuri’ and ‘dhaba’ may no longer be just Urdu words, as they too have been added in the lexicon.

There are about 240 Indian words in Oxford dictionary including the recently added ‘Keema’ and ‘Paparr’.

The Oxford dictionary defines ‘Choorridar’ as something like this: a ‘tight trouser made with excess material at the bottom of the legs, which falls in folds around the ankles, traditionally worn by people from South Asia’.

While ‘Dhaba’ is ‘In India or in Indian contexts: a roadside food stall or restaurant’.

‘Yaar’ is defined as a noun to address a ‘familiar form of address: friend, mate’.

‘Bhelpuri’ is explained as ‘Indian cookery: a dish or snack typically consisting of puffed rice, onions, potatoes, and spicy and sweet chutneys, sometimes served on a puri’.

Very few people know that some English words were originally taken from Sanskrit.

‘Karma’, ‘Loot’, ‘Bandhana’ are some of the Sanskrit words used in English.

Daily Times, ” After ‘Twerk’, ‘Arre Yaar’, ‘Choorridar’ enter Oxford Dictionary ,” in Daily Times, June 27, 2015. Accessed on June 28, 2015, at:

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