Celebrate! ‘Chuddies’ Becomes The Latest Indian Word To Enter Oxford English Dictionary
- Indian word, ‘chuddies’ has been included in the updated edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.
- Jibbons’, ‘bidie-in’, ‘bigsie’, ‘sitooterie’ were some of the other words included in the Oxford English Dictionary.
The Indian word for underpants – chuddies – has become the latest entry to the Oxford English Dictionary. Chuddies is one of the 650 words added to the Oxford English Dictionary as part of its effort to expand coverage of regional vocabularies.
If you are an Indian, you know how the word “Chuddy” holds a special fan base in our country! The typical, endearing word for underpants right from the time of Mowgli, can easily be a synonym to panties, briefs, boxers, shorts etc. but none of them captures the range of ‘chuddies’. Agree?
Identifying it is an Indian English word in origin, the entry for chuddies in the Oxford English Dictionary provides its meaning: “Short trousers, shorts. Now usually: underwear; underpants.”
In a blog post, the OED also explains how the word became popular: “Our coverage of British Indian usage gets an update with the addition of the dismissive kiss my chuddies (underpants), popularized as a catchphrase by actor and writer Sanjeev Bhaskar playing one half of the teenage duo known as the Bhangra Muffins in the 1990s BBC comedy sketch show Goodness Gracious Me.”
However, this isn’t the first time an Indian word has found its place in the prestigious dictionary. Other Indian words that were earlier made a part of OED are ‘Aiyo’, ‘Badmash’, ‘Bhelpuri’, ‘Chutney’, ‘Dhaba’, ‘Didi’, ‘Pukka’, ‘Yaar’ and so on.
Anyway, who would have ever thought that ‘Chuddies’ will make Indians proud one day! It’s time to celebrate, yay!