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Posted by James Briggs on July 26, 2003

Glossary of Indian English.
The India Research Press in Delhi will publish a new glossary in August. It's called 'Hanklyn-Janklin or A Stranger's Rumble Tumble Guide to Some Words, Customs and Quiddities, Indian and Indo-British'. It's written by Nigel Hanklyn, an eccentric 80 year old Englishman who has made India his home for the past 50 years.
The Guide explains the background words like 'chit', 'loofah', 'bungalow' etc., but also includes 'drivery' as an occupation, and 'prepone' as an opposite to 'postpone' - logical indeed!
For the next few days a Times review can be seen at http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,2736-753398,00.html. Link below.