One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the Indian subcontinent, and among British Asians) a white person.
- ‘I helpfully suggested that they try selling the carcass to the Korean restaurant up the road, and thus make the best of a bad deal, but what seemed to me to be eminently pragmatic elicited only disgusted looks from the goras.’
- ‘Mrs. E., the only gori present, intervened in her usual quiet, efficient way.’
- ‘In the early days of the East India Company, the gora sahebs adopted Indian ways - in imitation of the ‘nabobs’ - which meant taking Indian wives, wearing Indian dresses and partaking of local fare.’
- ‘Perhaps it was because Juan, born in Miami to Colombian immigrants but pale and blond, was among two ‘goras’ in the entire audience.’
- ‘It is a temple in which the faithful may worship - but also one that begs the gora Jeustani for respect, and towards that end contains helpful guides to what is sacred and profane.’
- ‘Well this (read the gora effect) is what cosmetic ads have us believe is the most important asset of the modern girl, a gora skin being the pre-requisite for a happy home, a successful marriage or a prosperous job.’
- ‘‘everybody who hears his voice says that this guy is not a gora and they have a major culture shock when they see his face.’’
- ‘Most of my customers are ‘goras’ because CDs are 100 times costlier in their countries.’
- ‘For the ‘goras’ in the galleries, he could have been just another Indian gunning for his nation.’
From Hindi gorā ‘fair, white’.
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.