I read an interesting article on the BBC website yesterday about how many English words have Indian roots.
The curiously named Hobson Jobson dictionary was written by two men in 1872 and has never been out of print since. More an historical memoir of by-gone India than a dictionary, the words and phrases appear to have been thrown together by an eccentric but kindly Uncle.
Whilst I don’t warm to the colonial roots of this book it made me think of the important relationship still evolving today between the UK and India & the on-going debates around a country experiencing a burgeoning economy but also grinding poverty.
India was the first country ActionAid worked in and continues to be a major part of the ActionAid International family.
So the next time my neighbours are making a real hullabaloo or I find myself doing some DIY wearing a bandanna and dungarees I’ll know who to blame - not for the noise pollution of the crimes against fashion - but the language attached to them.