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Wednesday Word: Tiffin
lou harper

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.

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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