Dictionary.com ( www.dictionarycom ) has added new words such as petfluencer, self-coup, trauma dumping in addition to also revising several words by adding more appropriate definitions.
Among these additions/revisions, there are 9 South Asian words in the category ‘BREAD’. Words such as dosa , roti , chapati and papadum have their definitions added/edited.
Based on the article by Nick Norlen, Senior Editor at dictionary.com, he says “As more and more of these varieties become familiar outside of the cultures in which they originated, their names become part of the English lexicon”.
We have compiled a list of South Asian words added to the English dictionary (Check them out below). All the words that have been added fall under the category ‘BREAD’.
bhakri[ bok-ree ]
AN UNLEAVENED FLATBREAD FROM WESTERN INDIA, USUALLY MADE FROM MILLET OR RICE FLOUR.
bhatura[ buh-too-ruh ]
A LIGHT, LEAVENED FLATBREAD FROM SOUTH ASIA, USUALLY MADE WITH MAIDA OR WHITE FLOUR, WHICH PUFFS UP LIKE A ROUND BALL WHEN IT IS DEEP-FRIED.
chapati[ chuh-pah-tee, -pat-ee ]
AN UNLEAVENED, WHOLE WHEAT FLATBREAD COMMON IN SOUTH ASIA AND EAST AFRICA, TRADITIONALLY BAKED ON A GRIDDLE OR SKILLET.
dosa[ doh-suh ]
Vee Satayamas from Bangkok, Thailand, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
A LARGE, THIN PANCAKE FROM SOUTHERN INDIA, MADE FROM A FERMENTED BATTER OF RICE AND LENTIL FLOURS AND OFTEN SERVED ROLLED AROUND A FILLING OF POTATOES OR OTHER VEGETABLES.
papadum[ pah-puh-duhm ]
A LIGHT, BRITTLE FLATBREAD FROM SOUTH ASIA, USUALLY MADE OF LENTIL FLOUR AND OFTEN TOPPED WITH CHUTNEY OR VARIOUS DIPS OR SALSAS.
paratha[ puh-rah-thuh ]
A LAYERED, USUALLY WHOLE WHEAT FLATBREAD FROM SOUTH ASIA, MADE WITH GHEE OR OIL, AND OFTEN STUFFED WITH LENTILS, POTATOES, OR OTHER VEGETABLES.
puri[ poor-ee ]
A LIGHT, UNLEAVENED WHOLE WHEAT FLATBREAD FROM SOUTH ASIA THAT PUFFS UP LIKE A ROUND BALL WHEN IT IS DEEP-FRIED.
roti[ roh-tee ]
ANY OF VARIOUS UNLEAVENED, USUALLY WHOLE WHEAT FLATBREADS COMMON IN SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST ASIA AND THE CARIBBEAN.
(IN THE CARIBBEAN) FLATBREAD WRAPPED AROUND A FILLING OF USUALLY CURRIED MEAT, FISH, SHELLFISH, OR VEGETABLES.
uttapam[ oo-tuh-pahm ]
Mahi Tatavarty, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
A LARGE, SLIGHTLY THICK PANCAKE FROM SOUTHERN INDIA, MADE FROM A FERMENTED BATTER OF RICE AND LENTIL FLOURS AND USUALLY TOPPED WITH OR INCORPORATING ONIONS, CHILES, TOMATOES, OR OTHER VEGETABLES.