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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: September 2014. New additions are in red.

NEW ENTRIES:

Landmaster (= hand tractor) (brand name)
The best known example of Ray’s innovation is the Land Master (1955) -- the world’s first two-wheeled hand tractor intended to help small farmers in the tropics to mechanise their field work. (www.raywijewardene.net)
Nine dead after land master falls into canal (Ceylon Today 18/04/14)

land phone: land line telephone (also India etc.; less common in BSE)
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 (from Hindi?)
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)

Incidentally we attempted to discover the meaning of the word Lanket but the Chambers or Oxford dictionaries failed to help us. So we thought it might be a word borrowed from the Indian subcontinent next door. Lo and behold we found it at last to come from a Hindi word Lankothi meaning the underwear of men in India. (Daily News 06/11/01)
Even as Weerawansa went public with the JVP position, other MPs of the Marxist party were huddled in intense discussions in the parliamentary lobby with firebrand MP, K.D. Lalkantha telling opposition members the President had presented a budget that had removed the government’s ‘lunket.’ (Sunday Leader 11/11/07)

learners: (coll.) driving school (also in names, e.g. Daya Learners)
You’ll see a learners on the left hand side of the road.


like: (coll.) 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)
“I’ll die if Latha doesn’t feed me, do you like that?” (Playing Pillow Politics at MGK, by Lal Medawattegedara, page 114)

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)


LKR: Sri Lankan rupees
Exchange Rates for converting Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR) (www.themoneyconverter.com)

lobaya: (coll.) a stingy person (Sinhala)
....jst a suggestion frm a budget traveller…not a lobaya...:D.:D (comment on www.flickr.com)

loku aiya/akka/putha/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)


loku maama: uncle (mother's elder brother) (Sinhala)
I still recall vividly our first meeting in the early 1970s when we joined Loku Maama, Aunty Lillian and family for a wonderful holiday at your family estate Kabaragala, in the salubrious climes of the hill country. (The Island 27/07/13)
Now he will start making the transfers of the people 'loku maama' wants to get rid of. (Daily Mirror 18/01/13)

loku nenda: aunt (father's elder sister) (Sinhala)
There were helpless young mothers in our extended family circle who professed to learn how to bathe their infants from their Loku Amma or Loku Nanda as the case may be. (Somewhere, by Vijita Fernando, page 114)
To this date I remember my Loku Nenda saying, ‘Pray for your team to win, but never pray or ask that the opponent should lose’. (Daily News 14/01/10)

long beans (= maekaral): a variety of green bean (also Malaysia/Singapore)
(Click here to see a photograph)
Long beans we found very often in Sri Lanka. (www.inside.lk)

lunumidella: Ceylon mahogany (Melia azedarach), a type of wood used for ceilings, etc. (Sinhala)
Iron trusses and Lunumidella ceiling planks and Calicut tiles have replaced the original half round tile roof, which was on timber rafters and reepers. (The Nation online 07/01/07)



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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