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  • […] Macmillan Publishers are running a campaign featuring English used in various regions of the world, with all the localizations and accents. This year, it is “Indian English” month and you can view the first entry here. Feel free to contribute, and enjoy the fun: I am now going to pull something other than teaching out of my anecdotal bag: a few years ago, 2004 I think it was, I started work as Assistant Art Director for the movie Gandhi My Father, which was, at the time, to be filmed in South Africa – although in the end the entire production moved back to India a few days before we began shooting as the lead actor had to postpone his involvement for personal reasons. Anyway … the point is that for a while I was living in a hotel along the Natal north coast with a crazy/brilliant Indian crew. Guys and gals from different parts of India, some Muslim, some Hindu, mostly speaking in English and I tell you I had never laughed so hard in my life. But when I wasn’t laughing, I was listening intently to the fantastically colourful language that is Indian English – and while reading through these bloggers’ posts I was reminded of that time. I don’t know, it’s hard to describe, but have a look through the list and see for yourself. Linked by sudipta. Join Blogbharti facebook group. […]

  • Indian English is certainly quite a hodge-podge (or as we say in Hindi, khichdi). We use terms like ‘eve – teasing’ when talking about street sexual harassment of ‘the fair sex’, journalese for women and we turn Hindi verbs into English ones by adding the suffix ‘-fy’.

    The powerful influence of popular American culture has affected, or should I say ‘impacted’, our English. In the British English that we are taught, we meet people but meet with accidents. Some Indians have now started meeting with people and meeting up with friends.

    I’m sure there are many other words and expressions unique to Indian English but I think it would take an outsider to point them out since we are so used to our English that it’s normal to us.

  • In Wisconsin, I worked at a medical software engineering company and several employees were from India. I remember one day when a new employee started, her manager sent an email asking all of us to “help her become acclimatized to her new position.” Acclimatized! No American English speaker would ever say that!

    Another time, a different Indian coworker said that a meeting had been preponed so he had to leave lunch early. We made more than just a little fun of him for making up a word (which I looked up later and found that “prepone” is indeed a word in Indian English, so I apologized for my part in the teasing).

    I think the fact that India has a word that is the opposite of “postpone” is interesting and might have something to do with our differences in culture. As an American, I am not surprised that American English speakers never found a need for the word “prepone” and it might say something about Indian culture that they did create the word.