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Death of Vishnu, John Simpson, Arjun Sengupta's New Book

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It was a favourable mahurat, to borrow a word from the revised Oxford English Dictionary, for Indian English when John Simpson, chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, flew in for a short visit to their Delhi office. The number of Indian words in the oed, that "treasure house of the English language", has grown from a mere 400-500 words to several thousand in the new edition, according to the 46-year-old lover of English words, old and new, slang and Indian. And is growing so rapidly that the oed is planning a separate dictionary of Indian-English, somewhat like their Australian-English dictionary, only with new rules to accommodate this chaotic, fecund growth fuelled by Indian dailies and writers like Amitav Ghosh, Nalinaksha Bhattacharya, Firdaus Kanga et al.

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