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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Definitions for hobson jobson

  1. The alteration of a word borrowed from a foreign language to accord more closely with the linguistic patterns of the borrowing language.

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Citations for hobson jobson
They did the Englishman's dirty work, spoke his language in their own ugly hobson-jobson, full of vulgar abuse, but had none of his cricketing spirit. Khushwant Singh, I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale
She had learned enough hobson-jobson to get along with the other servants, but she was only really fluent in Burushaski. Raymond A. Sokolov, Native Intelligence
Origin of hobson jobson
1625-1635
Hobson-jobson is an example of its own definition: British soldiers' mangled Anglicization of the Arabic cry they heard at Muharram processions in India, Ya Hasan! Ya Husayn! ("O Hassan! O Husain!".)