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  • ` sir, master, 'a word borrowed by Hindi from Arabic; boxwallah ` peddler' combines English box and Hindi wallah ` person in charge of a particular thing '; chotapeg ` half-sized drink' unites Hindi chota

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XVIII No 1 1991


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  • "Kindly take one of my cigarettes, sir. Do you not admire my new silver case, sir? From the boxwallah, two rupees eight annas. Classy European style."

    - George Orwell, 'A Hanging'.

    September 9, 2009

  • Naipaul defines them as "the business executives of foreign, mostly British, firms" (An Area of Darkness, p.61)

    May 7, 2010