Aadhaar Is Oxford Dictionary’s Hindi Word Of 2017

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Oxford Dictionaries has chosen ‘Aadhaar’ as the Hindi word of 2017. The word gained popularity due to Aadhaar card, which was in news last year and is likely to remain in highlight this year as well. The announcement was made in the Jaipur Literature Festival.

Other words such as ‘Mitron’, ‘Notebandi’, ‘Gau-Rakshak’ were also considered, but the widespread discussions and debates around ‘Aadhaar’ was reason it was selected as the word of the year, journalist Saurabh Dwivedi said during the discussion.

Poet and writer Ashok Vajpeyi said politicians use Hindi word ‘Mitron’ (friends) which is not grammatically correct, when in fact the correct word is ‘Mitro’ — an apparent reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who uses the term often in his speeches.

Other words such as Mitron, Notebandi, Gau-Rakshak were also considered, but the widespread discussions and debates around ‘Aadhaar’ was reason it was selected as the word of the year.