shroff (meaning ‘cashier’ or ‘payment booth’) before 1973
The ‘cashier’ sense has been antedated to 1950; evidence from 1970 of the ‘payment booth’ sense was found by Doug Clark.
‘Shroff’ is a word whose use in English can be traced back to colonial times. An Anglo-Indian corruption of the Persian borrowing saraf, it was used to refer to local bankers and money changers in former British territories in Asia such as India, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Today, the word has almost completely fallen out of use, except in Hong Kong English, where it has taken on the more modern sense of a cashier or […]
Posted by OED_Editor on 17 May 2016 15.00
Tags: 1970s, 1990s, Hong Kong English, World English