Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary has two definitions for the word in its online version
Popularly used Bangla word "Accha" (আচ্ছা) is a part of 'Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary,' the largest English-language dictionary from Oxford University Press.
Oxford dictionary has about 384 'deshi' words (aka Indian English) in its latest edition which was published early this year. However, not all 384 words were newly added.
The latest edition of the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary included 26 new Indian English words from which 22 are in the printed version while the rest of the four can be found in the online one.
The included words are of various origins ranging from Telugu, Urdu, Tamil, Hindi, and Gujarati etc. From the 384 words that are currently in the 10th Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary edition, we, Bangladeshis, use many of them daily.
One of such words is 'Accha' (alternatively spelt as 'Achcha'). The prestigious lexicon has two definitions for the word in its online version.
In the first definition, it explains the word being synonymous to 'Okay' as to show agreeableness. In the second definition, 'Accha' is defined as a word to express an emotion of surprise, happiness, or shock! Makes one think – what a versatile word we use every day, without maybe even realizing it.
Some of the included words that might be very close to our hearts are 'Abba' (the Urdu word for 'father' many of us call our fathers with), 'Chacha' (Chacha Chowdhury! Ahem, I mean, the word we endearingly call our uncles with), 'Hartal' (remember those dreadful days of no transportation?), 'Shaadi' (Something our families won't shut their mouths about the moment we come of age), 'Dadagiri' (the insolent way our siblings behave sometimes), 'Haat' (rural markets many millennials have had the opportunity to cherish), and many more!
In 'Release Notes: Indian English' Danica Salazar, OED English editor writes, "Indian speech etiquette features a complex system of kinship terms and terms of address, in which age, gender, status, and family relationships are marked by a highly specific vocabulary with no direct equivalents in English."
Fathima Dada, managing director (Education Division) at OUP about adding words of Indian origin said, "Prevalence and common usage are the main criteria for enlisting new words. We scan the globe for words which are often used by people while speaking English. Then these words go through a rigorous testing process."
The dictionary, which spans 77 years, was originally published in Japan in 1942. And, it was first brought out by Oxford University Press in 1948. The learner's dictionary is based on the original values of its creator, Albert Sydney Hornby, who hoped to help the language learners better understand the meaning of English words.