Blighty
Joanne K.H.: I know that Blighty meant England during the war but how did the term come about please?
Punita Singh: The term "blighty" goes back to Indo-British times ~17 c. It comes from the North Indian (from Persian) word "villayati" which meant from "Vilayat" (England). Even today, England is referred to as "Vilayat", though the word "vilayati" has come to acquire the broader meaning of foreigner or foreign.


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