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Popular Indian word “Aiyoh!” included in the Oxford English Dictionary

OED included “Aiyoh” and “Aiyah” in its latest addition this September

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New Delhi, October 9, 2016: Indians would know, how often their day begins with Aiyoh or may be a variant of that when they are questioned something. It does creep into every day’s talk at some point.

Aiyoh! This expression is so widely used that Oxford English Dictionary (OED) decided to now include the word in it.

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The OED is the Bible of correct English for children and at times, even for the adults in the English-speaking world. It is more of a guide on the language, something you would scamper to when you are in doubt. People who swear by it say, if a word is not in the dictionary, it is not English.

It included “Aiyoh” and “Aiyah” in its latest addition this September (it does four updates every year). It has also included entries such as scrumdiddlyumptious (delicious) and yogasana (no explanation needed, one hopes).

Like other Indian words, this one is also loaded and depending on context and tone it can mean many things.

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Depending on the context and tone, you can have different meanings  like disappointment, dismay, pain, lament, irritation, disgust, surprise, with both the words ‘aiyoh’ and ‘aiyah’

The words are also credited to Mandarin and Cantonese dialects of the language Chinese.
But these variants are also there in Tamil, Sinhalese, and are also used in many South East Asian countries, like Singapore and Malaysia.

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South Indians will agree how common the word is. It is so common that if the depiction of a south Indian is done in the north, especially in a Bollywood flick, you can almost bet “Aiyyo” will be one of the first words to be used.

– by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram. Twitter: @PinazKazi

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Oxford English Dictionary adds over 600 New Words, Phrases and Senses in its Latest Edition

  • “Post-truth” was the Oxford’s 2016 word of the year
  • The use of “woke” by supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement

London, June 29, 2017: The Oxford English Dictionary has added over 600 new words, phrases and senses in its latest quarterly update.

“By the mid-20th century, ‘woke’ had been extended figuratively to refer to being ‘aware’ or ‘well informed’ in a political or cultural sense,” the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) said in a statement.

The use of “woke” by supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement — an international activist movement that campaigns against violence and racism toward black people — and in particular the phrase “stay woke”, are thought to have introduced the word to a broader audience, especially on social media, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.

“Post-truth” was the Oxford’s 2016 word of the year. It was defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping political debate or public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”.

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Besides, over 50 new words and 30 new senses related to tennis were added. “Tennis mom” and “tennis dad”, for example, are now used to describe parents who actively and enthusiastically support their child’s participation in the sport.

The dictionary has also got a new end. “Zyzzyva”, a tropical weevil native to South America, is the new last in place of “zythum”, a kind of malt beer brewed in ancient Egypt, which was the last alphabetic entry for a decade.

Meanwhile, the word “thing” now has a new sense defined as “a genuine or established phenomenon or practice used in questions conveying surprise or incredulity, such as ‘how can that be a thing?’,” said the OED, adding that the usage has been traced back to an early episode of television series “The West Wing”.

In explanation of how a word qualifies for take-in, the OED said it “requires several independent examples of the word being used, and also evidence that the word has been in use for a reasonable amount of time.”

The OED will publish its next update in September. (IANS)

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

Raja Chari. Twitter.
  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393

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Over 5,000 Plant Varieties in Last 3 Years sent in by Tribal Farmers to protect the species : Minister

Tribal Farmers
tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years (representational Image). Wikimedia

New Delhi, June 8, 2017: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday said tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years through Krishi Vigyan Kendras for registration at the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Rights Authority.

It will play an important role in the development of climate resilient and sustainable varieties in future, he said at the National Workshop on Empowerment of Farmers of Tribal Areas here.

“New technological innovations in agriculture must reach to the fields of tribal areas but before taking such steps we must keep in mind the unique conditions of these areas, which are the gift of nature and therefore, we should promote natural farming in those areas,” he said, as per an official release. (IANS)

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