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Linguistic Nostalgia for the Raj
on 10 March 2010
This is a concise version of the original which is a very sad thing. Nowhere in the ordering information the word "concise" was mentioned. In that sense it was a let down.
Nevertheless,the book is a great treasure trove of the Anglo-Indian terms. A must for any student of modern Indian philology or to anyone interested in the Raj lore. The book was first published in 1886,meant as a help to any Englishman going to India to serve the Queen and the Empire: for the civil servants,soldiers,memsahibs,missionaries, fortune hunters etc. Apart from being a concise version,it has another drawback. There is no information whatsoever about the compilers of this wonderful miscellany.
Sir Henry Yule (1820-1889) was a Scottish Orientalist. A member of the Bengal Engineers, having served in both the Sikh Wars, he was a member of the Council of India, and advisor to the Oxford English Dictionary in Oriental matters.
A.C.Burnell(1840-1882)a English scholar in Sanskrit. He was a member of the Indian Civil Service in South India,having also the excellent knowledge of South Indian and other exotic languages