Monday, July 16, 2018

English words used only by Indians

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Depending how speaking ability is defined, India is the world’s largest English-speaking country or the second largest after the United States. A subsidiary official language, English is taught in schools and widely spoken, giving India an edge in an increasingly English-speaking globalized world. The English spoken in India tends to be more British-style than American-style but in many cases it is its own style.
The way English is spoken varies a great deal from place to place and with levels of fluency and wealth. It is commonly said that there are at least 15 different kinds of English, one to go with each of the each of the official languages.
Here are some English words and phrases which are used only by Indians.
1. Mother Promise
For ages, you have always used this word without even knowing if it was a legit word, haven't you?
So we decided to burst your bubble!
While the word 'promise' features in the Oxford Dictionary, there's no mention of 'mother promise'.
Surprised? Wondering how 'mother promise' came into being.
It's the literal English translation of 'ma kasam' or 'aai shapath'.
The next time you want to stand by something you really mean, try using just 'promise'. 
You don't really need to drag your mother into everything, do you?
2. Cousin sister and cousin brother
According to the Oxford Dictionary a 'cousin' is a child of one's uncle or aunt.
And Grammar Nazis would insist that the word 'cousin' does not need to be followed with words like 'sister' or 'brother'.
Did you know that 'cousin sister or cousin brother' are words used only in India.
The right way is just to say 'cousin'.
Wondering how you'd get to know their gender. Well, that's what names are for, aren't they?
3Good name
When Indians meet strangers, why do they ask the question, 'What's your GOOD NAME?'
Every parent or grandparent who has named the child, does it with a GOOD intention.
So there's nothing bad about a name.
The next time you meet a stranger, you could say 'What's your name?'
4. Revert back
Now this one's tricky! Because that's what you have been writing in e-mails, haven't you?
Well according to The Free Dictionary 'revert' means 'to reply to someone'.
Why use 'revert back' when you can just say 'revert'?
5.  Rubber
In India the 'eraser' is also called 'rubber'!
But in the rest of the world, 'rubber' is a slang for 'condom'.
Now it makes sense why your relatives and friends in foreign countries complain that people there burst out laughing when they ask for a 'rubber' instead of an 'eraser'.
Wondering what's the origin of the word? 
Eraser is actually a piece of soft rubber used to rub out something written. 
6. Picture
When was the last time you mentioned that you were going to 'watch a 'picture'?'
No one really knows when 'picture' became synonymous with 'films' or 'movies' in India.
According to the Oxford Dictionary, 'picture' means a drawing or painting.
You could say 'I am going out to watch a movie or film'.
7. Mention not
Isn't it funny that every time someone thanks an Indian, they quickly turn around and say 'mention not'.
We are still scratching our heads wondering how the word originated and what it means.
There are plenty of ways you can accept someone's thanks.
You can use any of the following:
  • You're welcome.
  • It's my pleasure.
  • That's alright.
  • No problem.
8. Pass out
How is it that every Indian graduating from college is passing out?
Let's tell you the difference.
When you are really drunk and become unconscious, you 'pass out'.
But when you refer to a successful completion of a course or training, you use the word 'graduate'.
9. Cheatercock
We all have used this word in our childhood.
Once, twice, thrice…we have lost count of the number of times we called someone a 'cheatercock'!
But ever wondered what does the word mean?
We are still wondering!
According to the Oxford Dictionary, cheater is a person who acts dishonestly in order to gain advantage.
Won't it be sufficient if we just said 'cheater'?
10. Would be
How would you introduce your fiance?
Read the following conversation.
Amit: Hello uncle.
Uncle: Hello Amit.
Amit: Uncle, I would like to introduce you to my 'would be'.
Unfortunately Amit doesn't know that 'would be' means nothing.
If you want to introduce your to-be bride then simply use 'fiance'. 
How easy is that! 

11. Convent-educated
A convent is a place where nuns used to live and spread Christianity from. Convent-educated basically means an English-medium Christian school. Don't be surprised if marriage seekers have this on their matrimonial profiles. It's a hidden message to say that they consider themselves highly educated.

12. Wheatish complexion
Not sure what exactly they mean...but men in India prefer women with a lighter complexion more than with a darker skin tone. Yeah, we're closet racists. 'Wheatish' is an adjective used by people who want to say, "Hey I'm not perfect, but nor am I horrendous, I'm just milk chocolate and caramel all over!"

13. Foreign-returned
"Foreign" is an adjective that is sadly used as a prefix noun in this grammar-Nazi-infuriating nation. Examples are foreign born, foreign educated, foreign fashion etc.

14. Homely
Once again, a recurring adjective on matrimonial profiles used for women who are simple, humble and open to running a household for a dominant male (chauvinist pigs be like yeah!). But what does it really mean? You'll be surprised with what has to say.( It defines Homely as 
  1. lacking in physical attractiveness; not beautiful; unattractive:homely child.
  2. not having elegance, refinement, or cultivation.  ) !!!!!!

15. Single and innocent
Another adjective for the ladies and this one is a no-brainer. Apparently being a virgin gets you bonus points in finding a husband.

16. Himalayan Blunder
The only blunder the Himalayas could make would be to not exist at all. So comparing big mistakes to the might of the Himalayas is just stupid.

17. Effluent
"Myself effluent guy with lots of property in South Delhi." - Creepy guy who messaged my friend.

I have an inkling he means 'affluent', but if he thinks he's effluent, that's cool too.

18. Matured
Indians compare human development to the intensification of flavours in wine and cheese over time. How artistic! So next time you come across someone who is "immatured", slap them hard and compare them to a chunk of aged Gouda.

19. Pure vegetarian
Is that a vegetarian who eats only organic fruits and vegetables?

20. Oversmart

When acting too smart isn't just good enough.

21. Break up

"Tell me about your salary break up."

I'm sorry, I do love my money but I'm certainly not dating it!