Aadhaar beats mitron, notebandi, gau rakshak to become Oxford Dictionary's Hindi word of 2017
Oxford Dictionaries has chosen 'Aadhaar' as the Hindi word of 2017. The word gained popularity due to Aadhaar card, which was in news last year and is likely to remain in highlight this year as well.
Jaipur: Oxford Dictionaries has chosen 'Aadhaar' as the Hindi word of 2017.
The word gained popularity due to Aadhaar card, which was in news last year and is likely to remain in highlight this year as well.
The announcement was made at a session "Oxford Dictionaries' Hindi Word of the Year" during the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur.
Other words such as 'mitron', 'notebandi', 'gau rakshak' were also considered, but the widespread discussions and debates around 'Aadhaar' was the reason it was selected as the word of the year, journalist Saurabh Dwivedi said during the discussion.
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