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World Hindi Day: Timepass to Dadagiri and Jugaad, Hindi words that you can find in Oxford dictionary

Do you know that some Hindi words are so much in use and have become common that they have been added to the Oxford dictionary? Take a look at some of them here.

India TV Lifestyle Desk Edited By: India TV Lifestyle Desk New Delhi Published on: January 10, 2023 8:04 IST
World Hindi Day is also known as Vishwa Hindi Diwas
Image Source : FREEPIK World Hindi Day is also known as Vishwa Hindi Diwas

World Hindi Day 2023: Known as Vishwa Hindi Diwas, this special day is observed on January 10. It aims to promote the language across India and other parts of the world. While many confuse it with Hindi Diwas, which is observed on September 14, they are distinct from each other. World Hindi Day or Vishwa Hindi Diwas commemorates the language being spoken for the first time in the United Nations General Assembly. 

BTW, do you know that some Hindi words are so much in use and have become common that they have been added to the Oxford dictionary? Take a look at some of them here.

Jugaad 

In 2017, the word was added to Oxford Dictionary. The dictionary describes the word as "a flexible approach to problem-solving that uses limited resources in an innovative way". Well, isn't it our favourite word? 

Dadagiri 

This popularly used word was also added to the Oxford Dictionary in the same year. The Oxford dictionary translates the meaning of this word to " the act of using strength and power to frighten or hurt weaker people." 

Jungle 

One of the most commonly used words in Hindi and English is Jungle, which was one of the very few first words to be picked up from India by the Oxford dictionary. The word originated from Sanskrit and came to the English language via Hindi 

Chamcha 

Well, this one is everyone's favourite, it's a very regularly used Hindi word and has been described by the dictionary as "a person who tries too hard to please somebody, especially somebody who is important". 

Chakka Jam 

This one was also added to the dictionary in 2017. The dictionary describes the word as " a protest in which people block a road or cause a traffic jam." 

Didi 

Another word we commonly use as Hindi speakers! Oxford describes it as simple as it gets - "older female cousin". 

Achcha 

Oxford added this word among 90 other words it picked from various languages in India in 2017. The dictionary describes the word as "used to show that the speaker agrees with, accepts, understands, etc. something." 

Timepass 

To all those who thought it was an actual English word, you're wrong! There wasn't any such English word in the dictionary until 2017. The dictionary describes the word as "the action of spending time doing something, especially something that has no aim or is not very useful". 

Few other words that the English dictionary picked are - Bas, Jhuggi, Funda, Nivas, Gully, Natak, Sevak, Sevika, Chup, Surya Namaskar, Desh, Diya, Bada Din among many others.

 

-- with ANI inputs

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