Sri Lankan English - Updates Y
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Latest update: January 2017. New additions
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yahapalanite, yahapalanist: a member or supporter of the coalition government which came to power in Jan. 2015 under the slogan of yahapalanaya (good governance)
The term 'yahapalanaya' (good governance) is something that many of the yahapalanites hadn't heard of a mere 18 months ago. (malindawords.blogspot.com 02/16)
At that time in 2012, Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene then a prominent member of the dictatorial Rajapaksa regime and now a born again Yahapalanite, … (Island 05/03/16)
‘Devolution’ is the answer, we are told by the Yahapalanists. (Daily Mirror 15/09/16)
The yahapalanites called China an economic predator. (Island 15/09/16)
Since no proper investigation has happened, and, but instead we hear all kinds of robberies and scams from Mr. Clean to the lowest level of Yahapalanists what are we supposed to do next? (comment on colombotelegraph.com 29/12/16)
Funny the way such seemingly committed yahapalanites try to create a fully-fledged democracy. … (Sunday Times 08/01/17)
One notes that such machinations are not uncommon in Sri Lanka and that the yahapalanists have amply demonstrated that they too are (happy) creatures of a pernicious political culture that has hardly suffered a dent since January 8, 2015. (Island 14/01/17)
yaka bus: (coll., dated) a type of CTB bus which operated in Kandy in the 1960s and 70s (Leyland Tiger OPS bus)
With that, I was certain that my landlord, the Queens Hotel, would throw me out, and I instinctively boarded a yaka bus to the campus. (Island 27/09/06)
yakkini: female yakka, a spirit or demon in Hindu and Buddhist mythology (Sinhala, from Sanskrit yakshini)
“The yakkinis would lure mariners and merchants who came to the island to trade, …” (Theravada Man, by Manuka Wijesinghe, page 165)
younger to: younger than (SAE) (> elder to)
And Ravi was a year or so younger to me, … (Their Autopsy, by Vihanga Perera, page 129)
The … better players were all younger to me. (The Fear of Gambling, by Vihanga Perera, page 162)
Although mother’s cousins, all the children were younger to us and made good playmates. (Accha House and Umma House, by Asiff Hussein, page 36)
The following day another officer Manjit Singh, younger to the brigadier, … came to pay his respects. (Palmyra Fallen, by Rajan Hoole, page 96)
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