not burdensome or demanding
Silicon Valley’s biggest companies have long offered
cushy perks to attract top talent and keep workers happy logging scores of hours on the job.
—Seattle Times Oct 14, 2014
kush for "pleasant, healthy, happy."
a coarse durable twill-weave cotton fabric
Some wore white hospital garb; others came off work gangs wearing blue
—The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
dungri "coarse calico", ultimately derived from the name of a village which is now part of Bombay.
a large and brightly colored handkerchief
Hermès is offering silk
bandanas that look like the cotton ones the plumber wears.
—Forbes Sep 8, 2014
bandhnu, a method of dyeing where you bond the cloth and then dye it, similar to tie-dye.
the bill in a restaurant
chit fund, or “kitty party” as it is commonly called, is an informal savings group popular among Indian women, particularly in the south.
—Economist Nov 2, 2012
chitthi, "letter, note." This word, which occurs in both Hindi and Marathi, another Indo-Aryan language, can be traced back to the Sanskrit root
chitra-s, which means "distinctively marked" and is the same root that ultimately leads to
an iced mixed drink usually containing alcohol and prepared for multiple servings; normally served in a punch bowl
Punch volumes fell by only 2% this quarter, limiting the overall decline in juices and subsequently in non-carbonated beverages for the company.
—Forbes Oct 27, 2014
This is a controversial derivation, having to do with the pronounciation of the vowel, but one theory holds that
punch comes from Hindi
panch, "five" a reference to the number of ingredients in the original recipe for the beverage.
a broad pleated sash worn at the waist with a tuxedo
The remaining portion of the shirt’s front as well as the trousers’ waistband is therefore discreetly covered by a waistcoat or a
—Slate Feb 26, 2014
kamarband "loin band", this word shares an older root with
bandana above, from the sense of "binding."
a draped dress worn primarily by Hindu women
They are all dressed in the traditional plain white
sari except for Annapurna, who is in blue.
—BBC (Oct 8, 2014
sari, "garment, petticoat."
someone who has been admitted to membership in a field
Much of what the
pundits talk about – especially pairings – probably doesn’t amount to a hill of beans.
—Forbes Oct 22, 2014
payndit, "learned man, master, teacher."
the act of washing your hair with shampoo
The tea tree
shampoo I use helps with the itching, but my scalp is left very dry after using the
shampoo on a daily basis.
—Seattle Times Sep 26, 2014
champo, a command form of
champna, "to press, knead the muscles." This massage-like sense of
shampoo was the meaning in English as well, for about 100 years, until the "wash the hair" sense began to dominate around 1860.
goods or money obtained illegally
He was convicted of two violent "takeovers" and two attempted heists that garnered nearly a combined $600,000 in
—Chicago Tribune Oct 21, 2014
lut, "booty, stolen property."
a mixed drink made of liquor and water with sugar and spices and served hot
toddy would ferment during the day and become a bitter and strong drink - rather like wine - by the evening.
—BBC Aug 22, 2014
tari, "palm sap". The drink was originally made with fermented palm sap. The "d" heard in place of "r" is a common mistake people listening to Hindi speakers make, and the "o" vowel is an alteration that outlasted the original "a" vowel form.
a massive inexorable force
For decades, the Chinese economy has been a
juggernaut growing many times faster than its western rivals.
—BBC Oct 22, 2014
jagganath, "lord of the world." A
juggernaut was originally a huge wagon adorned with an image of the god Krishna, and one of Krishna's titles is "lord of the world."
an impenetrable equatorial forest
But Phoebe still trekked to Amazonian rainforests and African
jungles, gaining confidence and going further into the wilds.
—Time Oct 22, 2014
jangal, which means both "desert" and "forest", the common denominator being the sense of both as "wasteland", places of "uncultivated ground."
a light puckered fabric that is usually striped
Black Fleece, Browne's collaborative collection with Brooks Brothers, included a pale brown
seersucker inspired by the hues found in Kodachrome film.
—Los Angeles Times Sep 12, 2014
sirsakar, which is itself a corruption of Persian
shir o shakkar, which refers to the striped cloth but literally means "milk and sugar" which plays upon the smoothness of milk and the grit of sugar to describe the alternating fabrics used.
a small bed that folds up for storage or transport
Many travelers stranded overnight slept on
cots provided by the airport, in scenes reminiscent of winter storm disruptions.
—Seattle Times Sep 27, 2014
khat, "couch, hammock."