Thursday, 15 March 2012

bungalow and Bengal

bungalow is borrowed from Hindi बंगला baṅgalā "of or belonging to Bengal". It is this Hindi word, or something close to it, that gives English Bengal. Hobson-Jobson explains that when one-story houses began to be built in India "these were called Banglā or 'Bengal-fashion' houses; that the name was adopted by the Europeans themselves and their followers, and so was brought back to Bengal itself, as well as carried to other parts of India."