Babu speaks very good English, however there are a few quirks that I have come across since we met, and I choose to call these “In-glish” – Indian English. I’m talking about those words or phrases that are technically English, but not commonly used by English people.
I will admit now that the more I talk to Babu i even find myself talking In-glish, without thinking about it I will find myself constructing sentences differently – what my mean to say is I am talking a little more Indian isn’t it 🙂
I talk about my first encounter with In-glish in my post about brinjals, but I thought it would be fun to share a few more of them here, these always make me smile…
“paining” I love this word, it’s a way of saying something hurts eg. “my back is paining” Babu said it to me not long after we met, I think it was a hint at asking for a back rub, but what I like about it is it has an almost child-like innocence to it, I almost picture a little boy with a grazed knee who is too brave to cry telling his mum his knee is paining, and it has a much nicer ring to it than “hurts”.
“offs” Days off, when Babu first told me he had an off, I wasn’t entirely sure what he meant – was he having an off day (a bad day) – no, he was fine, it just meant he had a day off work!
“what my mean to say is…” As used earlier in my post, just another way of reiterating or clarifying what you have said, I just love how where I would usually say “I” it has become “my”
“non-veg” This one confused me somewhat, I suppose it just does what it says on the tin really, but in my mind its like you have to do a bit of word-maths to figure out what we are saying. When Babu told me he wasn’t eating any non-veg for a few weeks – that was even more word maths for me with a double negative – I eventually realised all he was saying is he wasn’t eating meat!
“sleeping” no, not as in being asleep, but laying down! So when I called Babu and he said he was “sleeping” I apologised for waking him, “no, no, I am just slepeing on my bed” right – having a rest, laying down!
“Timepass” Does what it says on the box really- passing time, doing stuff, or not doing anything!
Those were only a few I could think of off of the top of my head, please add more in the comments below if you can think if some . . .