Sunday, June 05, 2005

Blighty

Diane and I went on a wonderful walk through old, British Bangalore early this morning (I'll write more about this very soon).

During the walk, our guide, Arun, passed along a wonderful fact: "Blighty" -- slang for Britain -- is based on a Hindi word, vilayati (try saying "vilayati" aloud a couple of times).

According to Arun, "vilayati" means "white foreigners."

3 Comments:

At 6:21 AM, Blogger Ash_M said...

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At 6:22 AM, Blogger Ash_M said...

Fascinating.

FYI, in Malay, I am told the equivalent is Gaijin (guy-gin), meaning "white devil".

I like that one :-)

 
At 9:18 PM, Blogger Prithi Shetty said...

vilayati is simply foreinger. no color specification.

 

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