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From 'Devil-may car' to 'Loot-us' - an interesting journey
The famous English novelist Charles Dickens has been credited with the coining of several new words for English language and I'll mention a few:

Abuzz: "The court was all astir and a-buzz, when the black sheep — whom many fell away from in dread — pressed him into an obscure corner among the crowd." …..'The Tale Of Two Cities.'

Devil-may-care– It means "reckless; careless," or "jovial and rakish in manner." "Not that this would have worried him much, anyway — he was a mighty free and easy, roving, devil-may-care sort of person, was my uncle, gentlemen."…… 'The Pickwick Papers'

Gonoph – It is slang for a pickpocket or thief. The word comes from 'Gannabh'- the Hebrew word for "thief." Dickens used first time in English. "He's as obstinate a young gonoph as I know." ……….., 'Bleak House.'

Lummy is slang for "knowing; cute," or "first-rate," and comes from 'lumme,' a corruption of "(Lord) love me,"  "To think of Jack Dawkins — lummy Jack — the Dodger — the Artful Dodger — going abroad for a common twopenny-halfpenny sneeze-box!"………..'Oliver Twist'

The RSS juggernaut could be credited with a dictionary of words that might be antedated once the back-door rule of RSS disappears from the Centre and states of secular, democratic and culturally diverse India. This set-up is the master of 'Malapropism' which is the use of an incorrect word in place of a word with a similar sound, resulting in a nonsensical, sometimes humorous utterance. Philosopher Donald Davidson has noted that malapropisms show the complex process through which the brain translates thoughts into language. Here is a small collection:

RJD (Rozana Jungle Raj ka Darr) and JDU (Janata ka daman-utpidan): In his Parivartan Rally in Gaya, Shri Modi ji had created innovative abbreviations for Nitish Kumar (now his right-hand man) and Lalu Prasad. He termed RJD as Rozana Jungle Raj ka Darr (Jungle Raj's fear every day). He had followed it up with another for JDU as Janata ka daman utpidan (Oppression and suppression of people). Now, JDU and Nitish Kumar are in political cahoots with the BJP. It's the irony of Indian politics. Of course, Nitish Babu who was in secular mode in those days had retorted that BJP stood for "Bharatiya Jumla Party" and "Badka Jhutha Party (Party of big liars)".

Once attacking the judiciary, our brilliant orator had used the words -  Five-star activists: Addressing about Supreme Court judges and high court chief justices, Modi ji had said, "The judiciary is not as fearless today as it used to be ten years back. Are five-star activists not driving the judiciary? Are they not attempting to do so? Judges fear what the reaction of five-star activists would be when they render justice as per law and as per Constitution."

56-inch chest: During the 2014 election campaign, at a rally in Uttar Pradesh, Shri Modi ji had said that a "56-inch chest" is a pre-requisite to convert India's most populous state into one as developed as Gujarat. The wheel has come to full circle and now the words coined by Modi have become bete-noire for BJP. It has been repeatedly used by opposition parties and leaders to criticise him. Rahul Gandhi retorted, "Land Acquisition Bill will not be passed in the Parliament. We will not let BJP acquire even an inch of land. Modi ji's 56-inch chest will become 5.6 inch".

Hard Work versus Harvard: Prime Minister Narendra Modi once said in Maharajganj, "On the one hand are those [critics of note ban] who talk of what people at Harvard say, and on the other is a poor man's son, who through his hard work, is trying to improve the economy." Modi ji's remark had come against the backdrop of Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen's comment that demonetisation is a "despotic action that has struck at the root of economy based on trust." After the loss of three most important Hindi belt states, there is no need to comment on what the Janta thought of demonetisation.

Gift and Bonus: "I request the voters of the State to give the rest of the two phases as gift and bonus to the party. This is similar to the chillies and coriander leaves, which the vegetable seller gives to the buyer as bonus," PM Modi had said at an election rally in UP's Maharjganj, in 2017. Oh yeah, lately, in three states the public has offered chillies to the BJP.

Jumla Tha: The BJP President Shri Amit Shah ji, while defending the promise of bringing black money, had said that the promise of bringing black money and depositing Rs 15 lakh in every account was only an election jumla. Since then, it has been used repeatedly by opposition for BJP's failed promises and U-turns on several issues. It was no one but Nitish Babu who had once launched an audio campaign on BJP and called Modi ji a "Jumla Babu". It had become the top trend setter on Twitter in those days.

Bazaaru Log: Prior to the Delhi Assembly elections, earlier to most pre-poll surveys, AAP was shown having a clear lead over the BJP following the saffron party's decision to project Kiran Bedi as its chief ministerial candidate. In his poll rally, Modi ji had said, "Kuch Baazaru log survey kara rahe hai, survey (Some news traders are showing surveys)". The comment attracted huge criticism from media persons. In Urdu, the word Bazaru is very unkind word for dissolute cheapskate person. Perhaps Modi ji wanted to use Bazari which means traders.

And the very latest is 'Loot-Us" from Lotus.

Of course there is an inexhaustible treasure of coined by opposition also like 'Suit Boot Ki Sarkar' and 'Gunda Service Act.' However, they are far and few in between as compared to imagination of the Saffron Brigade. I'll take those innovations in some other article.

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