Me Thinks

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Linguistically challenged

Saloon is a place where they keep booze. At least thats the actual meaning of the word saloon. But try telling this to the barber next door, he'll laugh on your face. Saloon is where people go to cut their hair according to him. The word Salon does't even exist in his dictionary. This is just one example of how someone arbitrarily makes a mistake or coins an entirely different word and a group of people start using it and lo, it becomes the norm.
Statements like "What you are doing?", "He don't know" are slowly gaining acceptance. This scares me. When a group of people start talking bad english for a long period of time, that english becomes the right english. This is true with any language. Its sad. The top 3 statements I hate to hear are
1. I can't able to understand. (Meaning - I can't understand)
2. I am going out. Whether you are coming? (Meaning - I am.....Are you coming?)
3. That movie is bad. Why to go? (Meaning - That...Why do you want to go?)
But soon this would become the right way of talking. So I decided to blog about this. Why to wait?

24 Comments:

Anonymous Bubby said...

hey deepz, say me na when you are going back to abroad?

5:42 AM  
Blogger Matter Mahadevan said...

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6:07 AM  
Blogger Matter Mahadevan said...

the 3 are literal tamil-english translations :)
i wrote this comment, you got ah ?

6:08 AM  
Blogger NaiKutti said...

enna panradhu... with internet and chat and SMS being the mode of communication, it isgetting inevitable... i didn't know abt. the saloon stuff :-)... i have heard and conversed in statements like "u not coming a?" :-)

7:08 AM  
Blogger Deepa said...

Bubby, I didn't tell you va when I am going?
Matter Mahaddevan, first time only I got it.
Karthik, I dont think sms has got anything to do with this.

7:33 AM  
Anonymous ramki said...

To make matters worse, you have bodies like the CBSE saying that spelling mistakes will not be penalised. Abbreviated speaking is the in thing now.

7:38 PM  
Anonymous Bubby said...

Thanks for replying fastly

4:27 AM  
Blogger ashok said...

"Me Thinks"?

7:52 AM  
Blogger Me said...

omg i haven't seen anyone blogging on their vacation that too from india...

some of my lecturers in india used to speak in this way....

and u missed one more major thing..."yes no"

and one more thing i never knew the actual meaning of saloon ;)

1:41 PM  
Blogger Nilu said...

Deepa,
I suggest you begin at the beginning.

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My fav is 'i talk, he talk. why you middle middle talk?'

7:33 AM  
Anonymous Bubby said...

That that man, that that money
(going dutch's tamizh version)

11:06 AM  
Blogger Deepa said...

True Ramki, that kind of english pisses me off 2. :-)
Ashok, you got me ya. Me thinks is bad ah?
Nilu, I'll begin firstly.
Me, talk about vettiness. ;-) BTW, it takes a man to accept like you did. People whose mother tongue is not english never admit that they dont know the meaning of an english word. Have you noticed that? You are an exception.
Bubby, a prof, when once asked what he'd do if he won a crore replied "I'll study my son and marry my daughter"

2:59 PM  
Blogger Me said...

i must admit i am all smiles on seeing this it takes a man to accept like you did

[dont know why derogatory di flashes in my mind now....]

7:51 PM  
Anonymous bubby said...

Deepz, you reached-a?

11:56 AM  
Blogger Ajay said...

good post...if u get time check out one of my earlier posts on this..
http://dotsnjots.blogspot.com/2005/09/englipish.html

8:53 PM  
Blogger ashok said...

one of my school teachers used to yell at us "go to the outside"

another once said " open the windows and let atmosphere come in"

2:24 AM  
Blogger Me too said...

"Assault-a" - meaning casually or coolly!! I have wondered how 'assault' got assaulted this way(by me too)!

3:55 PM  
Blogger tilotamma said...

How do you like

" let me explain you".

12:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>The word Salon does't even exist in his dictionary.

I don't know which dictionary you are using. Webster's Encyclopedic Dictionary (Deluxe Edition) define
SALON as a room in which hairdressers, dressmakers etc receive their clinets.

Please educate yourself first before commenting. thanks.

11:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The word Salon does't even exist in his dictionary.

Who said that? You better improve your english. The word is already in the dictionary (see Webster's Encyclopedic dictionary)

11:55 PM  
Blogger mjohn said...

Please let me know the meanings of the words "Saloon" and "Salon"

3:46 AM  
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