Telugu words Bathukamma and Bonalu may soon find place in Oxford Dictionary thanks to the representation by the Telangana Jagruti, led by Nizamabad MP K Kavitha. The Oxford University Press (OUP) has written to Telangana Jagruti stating that they were considering these words for drafting.
Nizamabad MP K Kavitha also tweeted about the statement of OUP considering the drafting of the words Bathukamma and Bonalu in the Oxford Dictionary. The OUP wrote to Telangana Jagruti president Kavitha on October 23. Acknowledging the letter written by the TRS leader during 2017, the letter said, "We are delighted to receive a great deal of evidence in support of the currency of these words in Indian English. As we are aiming at extending our coverage of World English in the OED, we are now considering these words for drafting. With our thanks for this contribution to the work of the OED," said the letter by OED Revision Editor Penny Silva.
Reacting to this, Kavitha said, "So happy to receive the letter from Oxford English Dictionary acknowledging our request to include the words 'Bathukamma' and 'Bonalu' in English dictionary. Two new nouns in the English language from Telangana culture... sounds good. "