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Published: 01 August 2015

624 Pages

7.7 x 5.1 inches

ISBN: 9780198718000

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The Definitive Glossary of British India

Henry Yule and A. C. Burnell
Edited by Kate Teltscher

Oxford World's Classics

  • Hobson-Jobson is a unique lexicon of British India, part dictionary, part social history, a hugely entertaining compilation of words and phrases. This is the only edition to include an introduction and notes that shed light on the book's origins, influence, and cultural significance.
  • A classic work of Victorian scholarship, the glossary unlocks the Raj through its language and is the perfect introduction to colonial attitudes.
  • Sensitively abridged to preserve the range and idiosyncratic nature of the original, focusing on entries of particular cultural, historical, linguistic, and literary interest.
  • The introduction traces the book's creation, reception, and literary influence, revealing its influence on the Oxford English Dictionary and the attitudes that influenced the choice of entries and their treatment.
  • Notes explain historical and cultural references and reveal how the glossary both reinforces and challenges Indian stereotypes.