22 Mar 2019
'Chuddies,' Indian word for underwear, gets added in Oxford dictionary
'Chuddies', meaning underpants, is the latest addition to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).
OED has incorporated many words from the Indian sub-continent in the past few years.
Interestingly, the word 'chuddies' gained popularity in the mid-90s after it was used in British-Asian comedy series, Goodness Gracious Me.
650 new words, phrases and senses have made it to OED in the March update.
'Kiss my chuddies' derives its origin from 'Kiss my A**e'
According to the etymology described in the dictionary,' chuddies' are short trousers, shorts.
The first use of the word is traced to 1858 in the Blackwood Edinburgh Magazine.
Jonathan Dent, senior assistant editor, OED said, "Our coverage of British Indian usage gets an update with the addition of the dismissive 'kiss my chuddies' (an Asian equivalent of 'Kiss my a**e')."
The new words added via 'Words Where You Are' campaign
Their campaign resulted in many new entries that have now been inducted. Here are some:
'Jibbons' -- a Welsh English term for 'spring onions'.
'Sitooterie'-- a Scottish term meaning 'a place in which to sit out'.
'Fantoosh'-- a Scottish word implying 'anything showy or flashy'.
'Dof' -- a South African term meaning 'stupid or ill-informed'.
'Gramadoelas'-- an etymologically mysterious word meaning 'unsophisticated or uncultured'.
Not the first time that Indian words entered OED
This is not the first time Indian words entered OED.
Earlier in 2017, 70 Indian origin words including, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and Hindi words got in.
The words included 'jugaad', 'dadagiri', 'achcha', ' timepass' ,' abba' among others.
In 2012, 'Samosa' and 'Pakora' had made it to the Oxford English Dictionary.
OED extended hunt for words via 'Words Where You Are'
In order to present a picture of the English Language in all forms, the OED started a campaign titled 'Words Where You Are' in June 2018 urging people to send entries for new words including, scientific, slang, literary words and regionalisms, to be added.