Hobson-Jobson: The Anglo-Indian Dictionary (Wordsworth Reference) [Henry Yule, A. C. Burnell] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. lary of Anglo-Indian words, and had made some collections with that view. In reply . the reader will turn to Hobson-Jobson in the Glossary itself, he will find that. Online version of Sir Henry Yule’s ‘Hobson-Jobson: A glossary of Colloquial Anglo-Indian Words and Phrases, and of Kindred Terms, Etymological, Historical, .

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This is a classic. Certainly a unique classic. They are fine fat beasts, and afford capital mutton.

Page 68 – Some on the lower boughs which crossed their way, Fixing their bearded fibres round and round, With many a ring and wild contortion wound; Some to the passing wind, at times, with sway Of gentle motion swung; Others, of younger growth, unmoved, were hung Like stone-drops from the cavern’s fretted height Chris Junker rated it really liked it Jul 06, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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The entry gives lengthy quotations showing the history of the use of the word in English and at times other european languages ; these themselves take up a few pages of closely typed text. Chloe rated it it was amazing Jun 14, User Review – Flag as inappropriate Excellent collection words which gives incite of wondrous origins of modern English glossary. This dictionary, compiled in the lateth century, is an invaluable source which has never been superseded. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.


In Anglo-Indian English, the term Hobson-Jobson referred to any festival or entertainment, but especially ceremonies of the Mourning of Muharram. Page – A Code of Gentoo Laws, or. Murray- British – pages 2 Reviews https: I’ll be ‘currently reading’ this one for years to come!! Page – Khalifahs, or legitimate Successors, as his representatives in both capacities. Further analysis notes that such rhyming reduplication in English is generally either juvenile as in Humpty Dumpty or hokey-pokey or pejorative as in namby-pamby or mumbo-jumbo and that, further, Hobson and Jobson were stock characters in Victorian times, used to indicate a pair of yokels, clowns, or idiots compare Thomson and Thompson.

Amit rated it really liked it Feb 04, Lance Knobel rated it liked it Jul 15, Rikard rated it really liked it Oct 01, Murray- British – pages. Doubtless inspired by the success of his books and others of a similar ilk, ‘Hobson Jobson’ is the republication of a Victorian hobwon-jobson of words from India, Asia and the East.

The Concise Hobson-Jobson: An Anglo-Indian Dictionary by Henry Yule

Then there are sheep here as big as asses; and their tails are so large and fat, that one tail shall weigh some 30 Ibs. Need I say more?

Valerie Morton rated it really liked it May 21, Excellent collection words which gives incite of wondrous origins of modern English glossary. Publishers used to think that etymology was a dry dusty and academic subject until books by writers such as Michael Quinion showed that there was a real appetite for finding the true origins of the words and phrases we used – unthinkingly – everyday.


The phrase ‘a muck’ as in “to run amok” has a convoluted history: Page 68 – The fig-tree, not that kind for fruit renown’d, But such as, at this day, to Indians known, In Malabar or Decan spreads her arms, Branching so broad and long, that in the ground The bended twigs take root, and daughters grow About the mother tree, a pillar’d shade, High overarch’d, and echoing walks between Be the first to ask a question about The Concise Hobson-Jobson.

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It appears to derive either from a bizarre form of suicidal rage or refer to a caste of shaven headed berserk warriors. Burnell had died before the work was finished, and most of it was finished by Yule, who, however, fully acknowledged Burnell’s contributions.

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