Strange British sayings

The origins of strange British sayings

Bob’s your uncle : Meaning “Simple as that”. This expression is thought to date from the Victorian prime minister, Lord Salisbury, when he appointed his nephew Arthur Balfour as chief secretary for Ireland, a post most people considered him unfit for. However, from the 1900s, “Bob” was a generic name for an unknown man. Click here to read full article on telegraph

Some English words originated from India

Avatar : From Hindi अवतार, from Sanskrit, descent of a deity from a heaven
Bungalow : from बंगला banglA and Urdu بنگلہ banglA, literally, “(house) in the Bengal style”.
Chutney : from चटनी chatni, meaning “to crush”
Cot from Khāt, खाट, a portable bed.
Dinghy : from Dinghi, small boat, wherry-boat
Guru : from Hindi guru “teacher, priest,” from Sanskrit गुरुः guruḥ “one to be honored, teacher,” literally “heavy, weighty.”
Jungle : from जङल् jangal, another word for wilderness or forest.
Pukka :(UK slang: “genuine”) from Pakkā पक्का,پکا cooked, ripe, solid.
Pyjamas : from Hindi, पैजामा (paijaamaa), meaning “leg garment”, coined from Persian پاى “foot, leg” and جامه “garment” .
Shampoo : Derived from Hindustani chāmpo (चाँपो [tʃãːpoː]), dating to 1762.

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