Saturday, October 08, 2016
Aiyah! You too are English now
‘Aiyah’ and ‘aiyoh’ or its different variations are predominantly used in south India to reveal a range of emotions, from irritation, disgust, surprise, to dismay, pain, lament, and disappointment, all depending on how a speaker uses it.
These two are among the 1,000 odd words included in the latest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in September. Every quarter, the Dictionary editors include a certain number of new and culturally relevant words and make it a part of the canon. The Dictionary is 150 years old and has over 600,000 entries.
Other interesting entries in this year’s list include ‘yogasana’ (no explanation needed!), ‘Yolo’ (you only live once), ‘moobs’ (unusually prominent breasts on a man) and ‘Westminster bubble’ (insular community of politicians, journalists and civil servants out of touch with wider public). Even the wise Jedi from the Star Wars universe, Yoda, has place in the list.
This being the birth centenary of the beloved British author Roald Dahl, the dictionary has also added ‘Dahlesque’ (resembling the characteristics or work of Dahl) and popular words used by the author such as ‘splendiferous’ and ‘scrumdiddlyumptious’.