Flash Post 274!
Button, what was the first ‘desi’ word that appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary?
Nothing comes to mind. What was it?
Well, well, give me a long and tight hug before I tell you the answer.
Willingly. Can I go tighter?
The word was ‘loot’ which was coined soon after the East India Company arrived on the shores of Bengal and carried back with them shiploads of India’s most beautiful and precious crafts.
And when did they land in India?
In the year 1608 when their ships arrived at the port in Surat.
Thank you for teaching me so much. And here’s another tighter hug for you.
Here’s the EIC coat of arms: