Sri Lankan English - Updates U
This page contains updates to the dictionary beginning with the letter U. 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.
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Latest update: June 2015. New additions
are in red.
u’grad: (in newspaper headlines) undergraduate (> grad)
U’grads to protest in Colombo (Ceylon Today 21/10/14)
unknown: (of people and places) unfamiliar
> In BSE, 'unknown' means not famous, not well known (with reference to people).
They began to drive crazily through unknown streets. (All is Burning, by Jean Arasanayagam, page 241)
My brother had died guarding some unknown road that went to some unheard place. (Sam’s Story, by Elmo Jayawardena, page 117)
… until a very kind unknown lady got up from her table, … (A Nice Burgher Girl, by Jean Arasanayagam, page 408)
The few benches at the back full of unknown jobless gossips. (Learning to Fly, by Shehani Gomes, page 122)
Among those present, my mother had noticed a group of unknown women, some of them ancient. (The Hungry Ghosts, by Shyam Selvadurai, page 44)
“Better the known devil than the unknown devil, Thaththa.” (Sinhala Only, by Manuka Wijesinghe, page 236)
upcountry Tamil: a member of the Sri Lankan Tamil community
brought from South India to Sri Lanka by the British in the nineteenth
and early twentieth centuries to work on the tea estates (> Jaffna Tamil)
> Upcountry Tamils are also referred to as estate
Tamils, plantation Tamils, Indian Tamils, or Tamils of
Indian Origin, in order to distinguish them from the larger Tamil
community concentrated mainly in the North and East of the country. The
latter are often referred to as Sri Lankan Tamils.
It’s true that if Velu had been arrested for the murder, the official
line on upcountry Tamils would have hardened. (The Hamilton Case, by Michelle
de Kretser, page 292)
... and while of course you talked for years against upcountry Tamils when you were in toddy circles ... (Beggar’s Feast, by Randy Boyagoda, page 298)
updation: update (also India)
This includes updation and computerizing databases of rates, taxes and licenses, developing the financial accounting and asset management systems. (NPPD website 04/05/12)
Note: This is subject to bill updation (Dialog website)
The Labour Department will then forward it to the EPF department for record updation. (Central Bank EPF website)
uplift: (1) (v) develop (e.g. an area), improve, upgrade (living conditions, etc.), raise (standards); (n) development, improvement, advancement
plans to uplift the rural poor
> In BSE, to uplift means to raise someone’s spirits. It is normally used in the passive (‘We felt uplifted by his words’) or in phrases like ‘an uplifting sermon’.
Sporting public commend President Rajapaksa for uplifting standards (Sunday Observer 15/11/09)
Tourism industry diversified for rural uplift (Daily News 03/03/10)
More projects to uplift Kilinochchi: The Government has taken action to launch new projects to uplift the livelihoods of the people in Kilinochchi as part of the North Development Programme. (Ministry of Defence website 17/06/10)
… whether the Leader of the Unofficial Bar was willing to sacrifice his professional commitment and work for the uplift of the Members of the Bar. (Island 16/12/13)
uplift: (2) (v) withdraw (money, e.g. from a bank account)
Customer wishes to uplift the funds from his account.
COMMENTS AND CORRECTIONS:
uguduwa: DELETE (Sinhala word not commonly used in SLE)
uguressa: a small purple fruit (not red) (Sinhala)
(Click here to see a photograph)
ulama (Arabic): DELETE (common in other varieties of English)
underemployed: DELETE (common in other varieties of English)
undergrad: DELETE (common in other varieties of English)
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