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Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Stuart’s Daily Word Spot: Babu

East Indian coolies on a Trinidad cacao estate...Image via Wikipedia
Babu: noun - a Hindu title of respect, gentleman; Indian clerk or official who can write English; a derogatory term for an Indian who’d had some English education.

‘That there Debdan is a real babu, you know; a proper gentleman worthy of real respect, not like those upstart coolies who think they know everything just because they’ve been to an English school.’

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