Oxford English dictionary includes 47 Māori words

Oxford English dictionary includes 47 Māori words

The Oxford dictionary, which defines itself as the reference for the English language, has just added 47 words or expressions in Māori, the language spoken by the people of the same name, indigenous to New Zealand.

By these additions, the institution said it recognized “the deep and lasting impact” of this indigenous language, also called Te reo, on the New Zealand language.

Although some words are already in the volume, this change reflects “the substantial number of Māori words that have become part of the vocabulary of English-speaking Māori and Pākehā (non-Māori)”, according to a statement from Oxford University Press, the publisher from the dictionary.

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