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Glossary of Burmese, Indian, Latin and other words found in George Orwell's Burmese Days
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Aide de Camp Assistant to a more senior officer French http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=aide-de-camp Chapter 25 
B.F. Bloody Fool? English http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/BF Chapter 2: "With the curious air of spite that some men can put into their tiniest action, he re-pinned the notice on the board and pencilled a tiny, neat 'B. F.' against Mr Macgregor's signature." 
Bo-kadaw A white man's wife Burmese  Chapter 4 
Burra Great, used as title of respect; e.g. Burra sahib: important official, manager, chief. (Indian)   
Catlap Milk or weak tea, "only fit for the cat to lap". English http://www.infoplease.com/dictionary/brewers/cat-lap.html Chapter 4 
Chokra Young man, boy  http://www.britishempire.co.uk/glossary/c.htm Chapter 2: "The invisible chokra who pulled the punkah rope outside was falling asleep in the glare." 
C.I.E. Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire English http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Indian_Empire Chapter 25 
Civis Romanus sum I am a Roman citizen Latin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civis_Romanus_sum Chapter 3: "Good gracious, no one would believe anything against ME. Civis Romanus sum. I'm an Englishman--quite above suspicion." 
Coolie Unskilled labourer  http://www.andaman.org/BOOK/app-i/texti.htm  
Dacoit  Armed robbers  http://www.andaman.org/BOOK/app-i/texti.htm  
Dah Large knife with curved blade?    
Dak Bungalow A traveller's rest-house (for a postal service)  http://dictionary.die.net/dak%20bungalow  
Dudh Milk? (Indian)  Chapter 4 
Durbar Ceremonial court assembly full of pomp and circumstance  http://www.britishempire.co.uk/glossary/d.htm Chapter 25 
Durwan A live-in doorkeeper (Indian) http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/durwan Chapter 3 
Eheu! fugaces labuntur anni Alas! our fleeting years pass away Latin  Chapter 2: "Ah well, eheu fugaces! Those days are gone for ever, I am afraid." 
Ex-colore By colour Latin http://books.google.ca/books?id=JPmwesVsf6gC&lpg=PA443&ots=xe3677Ueln&dq=ex-colore&pg=PA443 Chapter 2: "Every European in India is ex-officio, or rather ex-colore, a good fellow, until he has done something quite outrageous." 
Ex-officio By right of office Latin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ex-officio_member Chapter 2: "Every European in India is ex-officio, or rather ex-colore, a good fellow, until he has done something quite outrageous."  
Gaungbaung Some item of clothing?  Chapter 1 
Havildar British Indian Army rank equivalent to Sergeant, next above Naik (Indian) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Havildar Chapter 2 
In Flagrante Delicto Criminal caught in the act of committing an offence: "caught red handed" Latin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_flagrante_delicto Chapter 23: "One does not ACCUSE a white man; one has got to catch him in the act. Public disgrace, in flagrante delicto. I shall know how to set about it." 
Ingyi Long sleeved shirt Burmese http://www.imagesofasia.com/html/myanmar/sein-chit.html Chapter 25 
Jaldi Quick, fast (Indian)  Chapter 23: "To the station, jaldi!" 
Kit-kit    Chapter 9: "But I would sooner serve ten years under Colonel Wimpole sahib than a week under a memsahib with her kit-kit." 
Longyi Sheet of cloth worn around the waist Burmese http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longyi  
Machan a safety platform in a tree used when hunting big animals such as tigers and leopards  http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/machan Chapter 4 
Maidan An open space in or near a town  http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/findhelpregion/asia/india/glossaryangloindian/index.html (Multiple) 
Mali Gardener  http://www.andaman.org/BOOK/app-i/texti.htm  
Memsahib  European woman spoken to or of by Indians   (Multiple) 
Min Gyi Burmese  Chapter 22: "We have no quarrel with you, min gyi", Burmese man to Mr Macgregor 
Pagri Cloth worn wraped around the head or headdress  http://www.members.dca.net/fbl/glossary.html Chapter 22: "It was the Military Police subahdar, a Rajput, very fat, moustachioed, with his pagri gone."; Chapter 25: "There were Burmese officials in blazing Mandalay pasos, and Indians in cloth-of-gold pagris, and British officers in full-dress uniform..." 
Pariah Very low caste; outcast  https://mises.org/easier/P.asp (Multiple) 
Pasos Burmese?  Chapter 25: "There were Burmese officials in blazing Mandalay pasos, and Indians in cloth-of-gold pagris, and British officers in full-dress uniform..." 
Pax Britannica The British Peace Latin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pax_Britannica Chapter 3 
Piebald A spotting pattern of large unpigmented areas and normally pigmented patches English http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piebald Chapter 2: "It might explain that black mark on his face. Piebald." 
Pukka Genuine; authentic (Indian) http://www.thefreedictionary.com/pukka Chapter 3 
Punkah Large fan consisting suspended from the ceiling  http://dictionary.die.net/punkah  
Puttee Bandage for a covering for the lower part of the leg from the ankle to the knee (Indian) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puttee Chapter 22: "Their pagris were gone and their puttees were trailing yards behinds them, but they had no damage worse than bruises." 
Pwe Burmese dance Burmese   
Rajput Highly dominant and renowned royal warrior caste  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajput Chapter 22: "It was the Military Police subahdar, a Rajput, very fat, moustachioed, with his pagri gone." 
Rickshaw Two-wheeled cart for one passenger; pulled by one person  http://dictionary.die.net/rickshaw  
Sahib European man spoken to or of by Indians  http://www.andaman.org/BOOK/app-i/texti.htm  
Salaam A very low bow; literally "peace" Arabic? http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/salaam (Multiple) 
Sepoy Private soldier of the Indian infantry  http://www.andaman.org/BOOK/app-i/texti.htm  
Shok de Untrustworthy Burmese http://www.george-orwell.org/Burmese_Days/24.html  Chapter 25 
Sowar Private soldier of the Indian cavalry (Indian) http://www.andaman.org/BOOK/app-i/texti.htm Chapter 25 
Subahdar Indian officer of a company of sepoy  http://www.andaman.org/BOOK/app-i/texti.htm Chapter 22: "It was the Military Police subahdar, a Rajput, very fat, moustachioed, with his pagri gone." 
Talab Payment; wages? Burmese?  Chapter 3: "...wail something about his 'talab', which was eighteen rupees a month." 
Thakin Burmese  (Multiple); Chapter 9: "She turned a face full of fury and despair towards Flory, screaming over and over, 'Thakin! Thakin! Thakin! Thakin! Thakin!' 
Thugyi Headman Burmese http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/594270/thugyi Chapter 25 
Topi A light-weight hat  http://dictionary.die.net/topi  
Tuktoo Caribou? Eskimo? http://dictionary.reverso.net/English-definitions/tuktoo Chapter 4: "A tuktoo clung to the wall, flat and motionless like a heraldic dragon." 
Wallah (In combination) person in charge of or employed at a particular thing (e.g. book-wallah)  http://dictionary.die.net/wallah Chapter 23: "grass-wallahs" 
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