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Monday, February 13, 2006


This word has been discussed widely in various newspapers & journals. A search suggests it has been in use in the USA for about the past year but is only now beginning to appear in print.

It refers to people who have been laid off from a multinational company because their job has been moved (outsourced) to India— a business practice designed to save money that is arousing passions in some countries, especially Britain and the United States. Bangalore is cited in particular because of its reputation in the USA as a high-tech city (Indian equivalent of Silicon Valley), that has benefited significantly from such outsourcing.

It would be informative to note that a website is selling T-shirts with the slogan “Don’t Get Bangalored!” as a way of telling people about the outsourcing phenomenon. What’s odd about the term, from the point of view of language, is that it’s unusual for a place name to become a verb.


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