Friday, February 8, 2013

Urdu Word in English: Pajamas

The English word PAJAMAS comes to us from Urdu pajama, which is in turn from Persian pay-jamah, leg-clothing. The spelling "pajamas" is more common in the United States, while the spelling "pyjamas" is the common British spelling. You can read more about the history and variety of pajamas in this Wikipedia article.

In my family, they were always just called PJs or jammies. I've also heard them called jimjams!

Here's a cute picture of girls in their pajamas (by cobalt123 at Flickr... aka BJ Bolender):

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