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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
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on 9 August 2011
This is a book that was recommended to me by an old Indophile, as a provider of insights into words and ideas whose meanings and origins are now lost to most of us now. 'Anglo-Indian Dictionary' may be an accurate definition, but it only tells a bit of what this book is into. At this price, if you have any interest at all in India and her history, but were not born there, you will find this reprint of a very old book endlessly fascinating and useful to help you understand countless historical and other books and records about the place, and when you discuss anything Indian with a native Indian interested in his or her own birthright. Take 'pukkah' and 'kachcha' as an example...... or 'Hobson-Jobson' itself.
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on 22 April 2001
The Hobson-Jobson Dictionary is a wonderful way to take a glimpse into the world of the 19th century empire. A delightful book to browse through on a rainy Sunday afternoon while smoking a pipe and bringing back to living memory a long-forgotten world.
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on 6 March 2015
I bought this for a neighbour who was born and brought up in India. I have the full version of the book which I found very useful when I lived in India and I recommended it to her.
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on 28 September 2011
I have looked for this book for years having decided to buy it from a little corner bookshop about 20 years ago then returned the next week to find the old bookshop had gone bankrupt and was empty of stock !!!
it is times like this you can depend on amazon
extensive researched text if now slightly dated in content
an historical document of a bygone age and really enjoyable
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on 11 November 2012
A diverting dip into languages and how these cross borders with so much ease. Not a book to read from cover to cover - more something to dip into from time to time. It makes for a perfect book for the bathroom :o)
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on 9 September 2012
This is great fun as a book to dip into. Within a couple of days of receiving it, I answered 2 questions on TV quizzes that I couldn't have answered before. Great!!!
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on 17 August 2013
One of those books that's really interesting but you don't read it from cover to cover. You find it every so often and lean something new by flipping threw it.
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on 10 September 2012
This is a fascinating work of reference about the linguistic and cultural heritage we have from the time of the British in India.
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on 15 April 2013
Enjoyable and informative read, you lose a little in concise version from full but a quick and easy reference for most
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