A queue at a Transport Department shroff in Hong Kong. Photo: SCMP
Lisa Lim
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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Where the word ‘shroff’ came from, and its many meanings

Money changer, silver expert, customs officer, court money collector, cashier’s office – a word originally borrowed by English from India, which coined it from Arabic, has meant different things down the years

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A queue at a Transport Department shroff in Hong Kong. Photo: SCMP
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