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  • n. A word or phrase borrowed by one language from another and modified in pronunciation to fit the set of sounds and the spelling the borrowing language typically uses.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In India, a native festal excitement; especially the Moharram ceremonies.

Etymologies

After the dictionary Hobson-Jobson. (Wiktionary)

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  • Hasten, Jason
    Bring the basin
    ... too late
    Bring the mop.

    December 3, 2008

  • the alteration of a word or phrase borrowed from a foreign language to accord more closely with the phonological and lexical patterns of the borrowing language, as in English hoosegow from Spanish juzgado.
    Origin:
    1625–35; Anglo-Indian rendering of Ar y�? Ḥasan, y�? Husayn lament uttered during taʿziyah; an example of such an alteration.

    There is also the Hobson-Jobson dictionary of Anglo-Indian words and phrases.

    December 2, 2008