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Sri Lankan English - Updates E

This page contains updates to the dictionary beginning with the letter E. It is divided into 2 parts: New Entries, and Comments and Corrections. Click here to return to the main updates page, or on the links on the left side of the page to go to another letter.

These pages are updated regularly; please contact me if you have any suggestions or feedback which can be included.

Latest update: November 2013. New additions are in red.


early evening: early in the evening (> early morning)
… before they dropped me home early evening. (The Good Little Ceylonese Girl, by Ashok Ferrey, page 103)

Early evening the drawing room furniture would be pushed to the edge of the room. (The Moon in the Water, by Ameena Hussein, page 40)

eating-drinking: enjoying the good life
We are eating drinking people and it is improper to criticise us on this score. (Sunday Island online, 08/07/07)

eating-drinking Muslim (a humorous term referring to a Muslim who eats pork and drinks alcohol)

Eelamist: (a person or organisation) supporting the Tamil separatist cause (also Eelamism)
“Tamils in Australia are among the most loyal Eelamists in the world.” (Distant Warriors, by Channa Wickremesekera, page 48)
He might even be able to get a passing jibe at the great Eelamist, he thought and smiled. (Distant Warriors, by Channa Wickremesekera, page 212)
> See A-Z of Sri Lankan English: E is for Eelamist

eerashtaka (= bad time): an inauspicious period according to astrology (Sinhala)
“We have been having an eerashtaka period the last few months.” (Theravada Man, by Manuka Wijesinghe, page 90)

EGB: Elephant Ginger Beer (brand name)

elephant corridor: a migration route used by elephants and so protected from development (also India, Africa, etc.)
> Although not unique to Sri Lanka, this term is in everyday use in SLE (for example in newspaper reports), whereas in BSE it is restricted to the context of wildlife conservation.

encomium: (dated, in newspapers) a congratulatory speech (rare and archaic in BSE)

end of the day: (coll.) at the end of the day
End of the day they gathered for their daily wage, … (Somewhere, by Vijita Fernando, page 117)

end up (with): end (with), finish up (with)
We ended up with a coffee.
> In BSE, to end up with something means to finally get something, usually unwanted (I ended up with a headache) or unexpected (I ended up with the first prize). In SLE it can simply mean to end with something. Interestingly, finish up (with) is used in the same way in BSE: We ended with a coffee, We finished with a coffee, We finished up with a coffee. But not: We ended up with a coffee (which suggests: we ordered a tea, but ended up with a coffee!)

engagement ceremony: legal registration of a marriage, often held before the religious marriage ceremony

English day: a day of English-language activities organised by one or more schools

English-speaking: speaking English as one’s first language (> Sinhala-speaking)

enlarge: release (a suspect, e.g. on bail) (less common in BSE)
Land document forgery: suspects enlarged on bail (Daily Mirror 06/09/11)

estate Tamil (= upcountry Tamil)
“He is an estate Tamil. Wife is ill. Lives in a wooden shack near the Elu Gala, …” (Can You Hear me Running, by Lal Medawattegedara, page 10)


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