Word of the Week…

May 10, 2012 | Language

Today we will be mostly looking at… Pukka! This word came to the notice of one of my colleagues this week and it was a new one for her. She wasn’t sure if it was a real word; if it was, if you like, pukka…

The word pukka has Indian origins – in Hindi पक्का, Sanskrit pakva and Urdu پكّا pakkā. It’s literal meaning is cooked or ripe but is most often used figuratively to mean genuine; the real deal. It was flung into popular speech most recently by TV chef and school meals guru Jamie Oliver but can also be found in quite a few products such as Pukka Pies, Pukka Herbs and Pukka Pads (other pies, herbs and pads are available).

So there you have it: pukka!

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