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Wednesday Word: Tiffin
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tiffin |ˈtifin| nounIndian or dated a light meal, especially lunch.

ORIGIN early 19th cent.: apparently from dialect tiffing sipping, of unknown origin.

So very British. I think I spotted it in a Ngaio Marsh novel.


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Excellent word. Much used in the film "Carry On Up the Khyber".

Also the name of an excellent restaurant. http://www.tiffinteahouse.je/

I'm afraid the whole Carry On franchise passed me by. Or rather, never made it through the iron Curtain.

its a pretty common word in india not sure if its very british , a tiffin box = a lunch box I bought one on my mast trip there.

Edited at 2015-12-17 09:38 am (UTC)

India and Britain has achieved a complex cultural exchange including food stuff. :)

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