‘Aadhaar’, ‘shaadi’ now among 26 new words added in Oxford Dictionary

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In the latest edition of the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, 26 new Indian English words have been added.

Some of the words like Aadhaar, shaadi, chawl, dabba and hartal have been included.

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The 10th edition of the dictionary was launched on Friday and now has 384 Indian English words. This gives importance to Indian English and India is home to some of the highest number of English speakers.

It also added more than 1,000 new words such as chatbot, fake news and microplastic.

Some of other new Indian words are FIR, veg, auntie, bus stand, deemed university, tempo, tube light and videograph.

The four new Indian English words in the online version of the dictionary are current (for electricity), looter, looting and upazila (one of the areas that a district is divided into for administration purposes).

The new edition also comes with interactive online support through the Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries website and app.

The website has features like audio-video tutorials, video walkthroughs, self-study activities and iWriter and iSpeaker tools.

The dictionary focuses on language change and its evolution through the years and has ensured that the language and examples used in the new edition are relevant and up to date with the times, Oxford University Press (OUP) said.

“This edition has 26 new Indian English words of which 22 figure in the printed dictionary. The other four are in the digital version,” said Fathima Dada, Managing Director (Education Division) at OUP.
“Prevalence and common usage are the main criteria for enlisting new words. We scan the globe for words which are often used by people while speaking English. Then these words go through a rigorous testing process,” Dada said.

According to OUP, the new edition provides better and more accurate definitions with examples.

The dictionary is 77 years old and was originally published in Japan in 1942. It was first brought out by OUP in 1948 and the learner’s dictionary is based on the original values of its creator, Albert Sydney Hornby whose aim was to help language learners understand the meaning of English words.

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