EDITOR’s NOTE: Indian-Guyanese, the descendants of Indian immigrants, now comprise about 39.8% of the population of Guyana as reported in the 2012 Census; This is down from 43.4% in the 2002 Census; 48.6% in the 1991 Census and 51.9% in the 1980 Census. (see 2012 Census note at the end of this article}.

The everyday speech of the majority of this segment of the population, especially those living in rural communities, is peppered with words of Indic origin. Most of these words relate to items of food, kitchen utensils, terminology identifying family members and other relatives, names and terminology associated with religious holidays and worship, and names of vegetables and plants.    Continue reading