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Each entry needs to be assigned to an established language. Unless there is an ISO code for "Anglo-Indian", that cannot be the language to which the term is assigned. --EncycloPetey 21:45, 25 November 2009 (UTC)

If it's used by English-speakers, in an English context, then it's just "English". The geography of its use does not determine the language header. That information can be placed at the head of the definition line with {{chiefly|India}} --EncycloPetey 22:21, 25 November 2009 (UTC)


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