Hobson-JobsonHobson-Jobson ho(hook).bs<e>n d3o(hook).bs<e>n .
Anglo-Ind. Also 7 Hosseen Gosseen, Hossy Gossy; 8 Hossein Jossen, Hassan Hassa
n, etc. Corruption by British soldiers in India of Arab. Ya Hasan! Ya Husayn! = O Hasan! O Husain!
1. Anglicized form of the repeated wailings and cries of Muslims as they beat their breasts in th
e Muharram procession; hence this festal ceremony. Also
transf. Hasan and Husain, grandsons of Muhammad, were killed while fighting for the faith.
- 1634 T. Herbert Trav. 167, I have seene them nine sev
erall dayes..in the streets all together crying out Hussan, Hussan.
- 1698 J. Fryer New Account E. India & Persia 108 The Moors solemnize the Exequies of Hosseen Gosseen.
- 1698 J. Fryer New Accoun
t E. India & Persia 357 That Liberty, which was chiefly used in their Hossy Gossy.
- 1773 E. Ives Voy. i. ii. 28 Their Hassan Hassan, in memory of the two sons of Ali by Fatima (Mahomet's daughter) bein
g killed in one day fighting for the faith.
- 1817 T. S. Raffles Hist. Java II. 4 The ceremony of húsen hásen..here passes by almost without notice.
- 1829 Oriental Sporting Mag. (1873) I. 1
29/2 The folks makes sich a noise..shouting Hobson Jobson, Hobson Jobson.
- 1861 J. T. Wheeler Madras II. xxxii. 347 The Mussulman feast called `Hossein Jossen'.
- 1935 M. E. Houtzager Unconscious Sound- &
; Sense-Assimilations ii. 52 Hobson-Jobson, suggestive of a proper name, is the name of a native festal excitement.
a. Used as the title of a famous collection of Anglo-Indian words.
b>1886 Yule & Burnell (title) Hobson-Jobson, a glossary of colloquial Anglo-Indian words and phrases, and of kindred terms.
the law of Hobson-Jobsonthe law of Hobson-Jobson: a phrase somet
imes used of the process of adapting a foreign word to the sound-system of the adopting language. So
- 1898 Morris Austral Eng. 287/2 The name of the shell is
a corruption of this word, by the law of Hobson-Jobson.
- 1919 Mencken Amer. Lang. 41 Its variations show a familiar effort to bring a new and strange word into harmony with the language-an effort arising from what philologists call
the law of Hobson-Jobson.
- 1934 S.P.E. Tract xli. 21 There are the words (`Hobson-Jobsonisms') where the original [sc. Indian] form has been more or less modified in the process of Anglicization.