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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 17 October 2013
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Despite its rather modern looking title, this is an update of an original Victorian work that took over a decade to compile. The entries comprise standard dictionary entries of words solely pertaining to British words of an Indian origin. The book is extremely well researched and appears accurate. It's clearly set out and informative. That said, the term 'Bombay duck' is dated back to 1860. The OED predates this, at 1850 (and there exists a more obscure written reference dating back to 1815.) So even though many of the entries may have been updated over the years, no doubt a few original entries remain as having have slipped through the net. However, the entries are more extensive than many word origin dictionaries. To my mind, this is strictly a reference work: a must have for any etymologist or lexicographer or indeed anyone who works with words. However, I don't think I'd recommend it as a bedtime read because of its dictionary format: the entries aren't worked into entertaining snippets designed to entertain a fan of word trivia. Nevertheless, as it says on the cover, this is a definitive glossary of British India and there exists no better.
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