marginalia

Marginalia: On Hobson-Jobson

Pyjamas did not exist until the 19th century. I’m not sure what people wore to bed in the 1700s, but it wasn’t pyjamas. Pyjamas by any other name may well have been as snug, but the fact remains: without the English in India, there would be no India in English. The best way to understand this story is to get your hands on a Hobson-Jobson.

How We Got Pukka, by Josephine Livingstone in Prospect Magazine, UK

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