This is my first post here on an unwelcome situation in India, described by a word, "Ragging".
Wikipedia article states that:
"Ragging is a practice similar to hazing in educational institutions. The word is mainly used in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka."
With several meanings of the word "Rag",
OED states that it also means:
- A programme of stunts, parades, and other entertainments organized by students to raise money for charity
1.1 A boisterous prank or practical joke.
Longman's Online Dictionary: ragging: (British English old-fashioned) to laugh at someone or play tricks on them [= tease]
My questions are:
- Is there any other equivalent word for "Ragging" in English?
- (correct me if I am wrong) "Ragging" is formed from the word "Rag".
- If anyone had ever used the word "Ragging" in UK or US (in the context related to the meaning used in India)? (its history of usage)
- If the word "Ragging" is British English old-fashioned, then why this word is still being used in India?
P.S. Please edit my post for punctuation and grammatical errors, if any.