Godown’s owner Bill Nash (right) and its long-serving doorman outside the Hong Kong bar and restaurant. Picture: SCMP
Lisa Lim
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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Where did the word ‘godown’ come from? India, most probably via Malay

Traces of the word godown – a word meaning warehouse that goes back to the Indian subcontinent – can still be found in the waterfront areas of Hong Kong and Singapore. Old-timers will remember the city’s Godown bar

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Godown’s owner Bill Nash (right) and its long-serving doorman outside the Hong Kong bar and restaurant. Picture: SCMP
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