Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Set Tof Faux

Myself: Paatti... adhu "iskool" illa... school... sollu pakkalaam.
Paatti : Adhu enna mo po

A typical conversation in my childhood, every time after my granny utters "iskool" instead of 'school'.

One cannot blame her, for she was a typical countryside, fifth standard drop out with no inkling of English alphabets. But I felt that there was absolutely no necessity to use English words, when she was not comfortable with them.

Later on, it became my favorite past time to observe her funny pronunciations. "ispoon" (spoon), "shentre" (centre), "shambu" (shampoo), "shoab" (soap), "pashtu" (paste), "bilt" (belt), "aeroplaan" (aeroplane), "shite" (side), "bridge" (fridge), "pan" (fan) and the list goes on. The worst of them all was "joindu" (joint), and she would use it when she wants my mom to mix milk stored in two different vessels.

She was not coming out with new words after some time, and my fun stopped there until I reached my college. It was there that I realised that even well-educated people (people with Post graduate degrees) were clumsy in their accent.

There were people who would say "buplic". It is not the case, where people say "tamil" and "malai" because of their inability to say "tamizh" and "mazhai". When the whole world around them pronounced the word as "public", I would wonder if they never realised their mistake.

Anyhow I had some fun again observing them. There was Lecturer who taught us Digital Electronics. She was pathetic. Would you ever accept words like "Tann" (10), "Toll" (12), "purogram" (program), "eqol" (equal), "thres hold" (threshold), "iz a" (this is a) at a university level.

There was another guy in our class, who gave us the term "workshof fant". If you can decipher it, you can as well find out what the topic means. I am very excited after purchasing it last week.
P.S. There are many, who inspite of their entire schooling in Tamil medium have grown up to speak good English. And there are a few who do not bother to correct themselves.

14 Comments:

Blogger srivat said...

bala,
superappu. cant stop laughing..
My fav is 'toll' nothing can beat it and of course 'iza block diagram of' :-D
I wonder what happened to the piece of paper on which we listed all those words.got to hunt for it.

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Badari Narayanan said...

In addition to wrong pronounciations, some words are commonly misused. 'Assault' for 'careless' and 'risk' when actually meaning 'effort' are examples.

8:40 PM  
Blogger Einsteinophile said...

Lol!
Wat about jeero for Zero?

8:43 PM  
Blogger b a l a j i said...

Srivat,
kandippa machi... that is the only reminder of our happy college days... remember she got university rank in ME (yuck)

Badari,
sariya sonneL pongo... :)

Einsteinophile,
egjactly... 'jeero', 'sis' (6), 'pisicks' (physics), 'mas' (maths).........

10:11 PM  
Blogger மு.கார்த்திகேயன் said...

I too listened these in my village..and the list more than that..

Recently I heard in one bus stop, that arai avar..do you able to understand..half-an-hour..half becomes arai..hour changed to avar :-))

12:52 AM  
Blogger மு.கார்த்திகேயன் said...

And also I need to say about Captain Vijaykanth English..much familiar one..Action Driple(triple) star..His way of pronounciation is really funny..

12:53 AM  
Blogger மு.கார்த்திகேயன் said...

Just now i heard this http://www.silverscreen.in/2006/06/06/punch-me-instead-please/
which is very related to your post..just enjoy

12:56 AM  
Blogger Prasanna said...

balaji, i being frm the sw field have witnessed many such instances. Guy and gals mite have a teriffic tech knowledge but when it comes to writing, they are next to zero. Poor grammatical knowledge occupies a major part. And when it comes to speaking its no better.The whole world know Indians are too gud in their english, but among millions there still remain a majority who have a bad language.

4:40 AM  
Blogger Mukunth said...

Leave your paati, thaatha out of this...how many times have you conversed with your co-workers only to speak like "meet at 11...okva" or "this doesn't worka". simply put, addition of a or va at the end!!

6:57 AM  
Blogger b a l a j i said...

karthikeyan,
arai avar is very common...

prasanna,
very true mate. the thing is that they never make an attempt to improve themselves.

mukunth,
that reminds me of my nursery school days.

7:05 AM  
Anonymous Karthik said...

I had a compsci teacher who said "two-glee" instead of toggle.

10:44 PM  
Blogger blogSurya said...

I do not want to discuss this, there is not end to this list.

The kind of mails i read it from my peers are simply gr8.

I feel bad when guys her laugh at some of the mistakes from my counter parts back in India.

My main concern is "Improvement" they do not work on that to improve even after such humiliations.

5:40 AM  
Blogger Divya.B said...

y not add
1.chuch(switch)
2.ejjatly(exactly)
3.ejjam(exam)
etc..
first i thot ur title was meant to be 'set of faux pas' n u left out the pas...:-)

1:12 PM  
Blogger b a l a j i said...

divya,
the list is inexhaustible.. :)

9:47 PM  

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