Words at Play : Top 10 Favorite British Words, Vol. 1

#10: Pukka

Definition:

genuine, authentic; first-class

Example:

"... the record-breaking Sri Lankan [cricket player] has always shown himself a pukka gent...." – William Langley, The Telegraph, July 24, 2010

About the word:

Chef Jamie Oliver rejuvenated pukka with his BBC series Pukka Tukka. That's fitting, since pukka comes from the Hindi and Urdu words for "cooked," "ripe," and "solid."

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