Sri Lankan English - Updates L
This page contains updates to the dictionary beginning with the letter L. 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.
Landmaster (= hand tractor) (brand name)
land phone: land line telephone
A missive addressed to top Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) officials of a
decision to stop issuance of land phones to subscribers has raised eyebrows. (The Nation online 08/04/07)
lanket/lunket: men’s underwear
I hated when Leandro washed and hung his multicoloured lankets. His normal washing he hung outside, but his lankets he always hung inside the room … Leandro had a string drawn right across the room to hang his lankets. (Sam’s Story, by Elmo Jayawardena, page 12)
The most they did was to call a master Red Lunket for wearing red underwear … (The Moon in the Water, by Ameena Hussein, page 93)
learners: driving school
You’ll see a learners on the left hand side of the road.
like: would like, want
“You don’t like to get a job machang?” (The Mango Tree, by Anthea Senaratna, page 18)
“Do you like a cup of tea?” asked Latha. (The Mango Tree, by Anthea Senaratna, page 69)
“… I like to thank the President …” (Their Autopsy, by Vihanga Perera, page 164)
“I like to meet the creator of this.” (Eternally Yours, by Sybil Wettasinghe, page 28)
like: I like: (coll.) I like it (also love, hate) (> doubt, hate, prefer)
That is why I do not like when people ask so many questions from me. (Sam’s Story, by Elmo Jayawardena, page 3)
I liked when he said nice things like that. (Sam’s Story, by Elmo Jayawardena, page 29)
Lion Lager: a popular brand of lager
On our last night in Hikkaduwa, we are perched on a fishing boat bobbing in the water when it is discovered that the last Lion Lager has been drunk. (Island of a Thousand Mirrors, by Nayomi Munaweera, page 198)
A waiter came up, and knowing what Mili liked I ordered two Lion Lagers. (The Hungry Ghosts, by Shyam Selvadurai, page 199)
lobaya: (coll.) a stingy person (Sinhala)
loku aiya/akka/puta/duwa: eldest brother/sister/son/daughter (Sinhala)
Waiting for a letter from his loku aiya. (All is Burning, by Jean Arasanayagam, page 13)
I give instructions to loku duwa to feed the children and put them to sleep … (All is Burning, by Jean Arasanayagam, page 355)
“Loku Akka will have to have first choice no Sharmini, after all she is my elder sister.” (The Mango Tree, by Anthea Senaratna, page 28)
“You know what Loku Aiya said about me, no?” (Chinaman, by Shehan Karunatilaka, page 61)
long beans (= maekaral): a variety of green bean
(Click here to see a photograph)
loose: (of rice, flour, sugar, etc.) sold by weight,
It’s cheaper if you buy it loose.
love match (= love marriage)
Their marriage had been – and still was, in the main – a love match … (The Sweet and Simple Kind, by Yasmine Gooneratne, page 18)
lunumidella: Ceylon mahogany (Melia azedarach), a type of wood used for ceilings, etc. (Sinhala)
COMMENTS AND CORRECTIONS:
lamprais (not lamprai): a rice meal baked in a plantain leaf (from Dutch lomprijst)
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leading: not only leading school, also common
with other nouns, e.g. available at all leading bookshops
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