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mofussil

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Urdu مفصل (mufaSSil), variant of مفصل (mufaSSal, divided), from Persian مفصل (mufaSSal), from Arabic مفصل (mufaSSal), passive participle of فصل (faSSala, to divide, classify).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

mofussil (uncountable)

  1. (India) Originally, the regions of India outside the three East India Company capitals of Bombay, Calcutta and Madras; hence, parts of a country outside an urban centre; the regions, rural areas.
    • 1904. Herbert Compton. Indian Life in Town and Country:
      Such are the means by which the Mofussil, “up-country,” or provincial Anglo-Indian will reach his station or district, and unless he is going to Bombay or Calcutta, which are practically the two entrance doors of the Empire, with Madras for a back door, his first experience of Anglo-Indian life will be of travel; and the land journey will often prove much more trying than the sea-voyage.

Usage notesEdit

The term is used widely on the Indian subcontinent. Although value-neutral, the word occasionally carries negative connotations when used by residents of a large metropolis, similar to "the boonies" or "the sticks" in English.

ReferencesEdit

  • Indian Life in Town and Country by Herbert Compton, 1904[1]
  • Government of Andhra Pradesh: Motor Vehicles Act, 1988[2]