The impact of India on Britain: vocabulary

Your textbook tells you about the impact Britain has had on the world, but of course the world has also had a major impact on Britain. Did you know that the UK Indian food industry (supermarket products and restaurants) has an annual turnover of over £2 billion and employs over 60,000 people? There are 9,800 “Indian” restaurants in the UK (we use inverted commas because most of them are in fact run by people of Bangladeshi origin). Some people now call curry Britain’s national dish!



Find out which of these words has a South Asian (i.e. from what is today India, Bangladesh, Pakistan or Sri Lanka) origin.

 "Pajamas" is the preferred spelling in American English, while "pyjamas" is preferred in the main varieties of English from outside North America. Try this first without using the glossary you will find through the link below, then use the link to check your answer. Later, you might like to use a good etymological dictionary to cross-check.

  1. Loot
  2. Kebab
  3. Bungalow
  4. Shampoo
  5. Pyjamas
  6. Taxi
  7. Dinghy
  8. Yoga
  9. Tent
  10. Thug
  11. Swastika
  12. Guru
  13. Ginger
  14. Spice
  15. Teak




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