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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: December 2014. New additions are in red.


early evening: early in the evening (> early morning)
> In BSE, ‘early evening’ can be a noun phrase (in the early evening) or an adjectival phrase (early evening drinks). In SLE it can also be an adverbial phrase as in the examples below.
… 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: (coll.) 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)
One of Sri Lanka's iconic beverage brands Elephant House Ginger Beer or EGB as it is widely referred to, … (Daily News 28/03/14)

elephant corridor: a migration route used by elephants and so protected from development (also 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.

Elephant corridors will be restructured to minimize the human-elephant conflict on a proposal by Wildlife Conservation Minister Vijith Vijithamuni Soysa. (Daily News 19/12/13)
Tracking elephant movement to identify elephant corridors (The Nation 06/04/14)

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
The York International School Wattala branch held their English day at their school auditorium recently. (Daily News 19/08/14)

enlarge on bail: release on bail (most common in passive: enlarged on bail) (also India etc.)
Avissawella High Court Judge Ruvani Fernando yesterday ordered the Kaduwela Magistrate to enlarge on bail the 10 suspects … (The Island 13/10/09)
Land document forgery: suspects enlarged on bail (Daily Mirror 06/09/11)

enter university: go to university, get into university (more formal in BSE)
Sumanasiri had bought it … for his son … when the boy had entered university … (The Window Cleaner’s Soul, by Lal Medawattegedera, page 27)

estate sector (= plantation sector): the sector of the economy relating to tea, rubber, coconut plantations, etc. (SAE, less common in BSE) (> NGO sector)
Sri Lankan estate sector deprived of full budgetary allocations (Sunday Times 20/02/11)

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)
The tragedy is that even today most of the estate Tamil population continues to live in line rooms. (The Island 04/08/14)


electric bill: DELETE (also found in other varieties of English)

entrain: DELETE (also found in other varieties of English)

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