The quirks of Indian English

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#1606 Jan 22nd, 2012, 18:24
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Originally Posted by Paagla Dashu View Post where are you planning to put up?
And where do you hail from?
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Where I rain and snow from too!
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Yes .... this well known phrase caused an unfortunate misunderstanding with one of our female colleagues. She thought the young Indian fellow had asked her 'Where she was going to put out?" She said 'listen here & right now, bucko ......
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And where do you hail from?
Why, my native place, of course.
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[QUOTE=Nick-H;71914]I read today that someone has been arrested under the Goondas Act. What, please, is a Goonda?



I didn't know of such act in India.

is it "Hooligans"
#1611 Jan 22nd, 2012, 21:29
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The Goonda's act is a loose term that means different things in different States. In Nick's Chennai, it would mean "The Tamil Nadu Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Bootleggers, Drug-offenders, Forest-offenders, Goondas, Immoral Traffic Offenders, Slum-grabbers and Video Pirates Act, 1982."

http://www.thehindubusinessline.in/2...0200272000.htm

PS A goonda is, loosely, a street thug/criminal muscleman. Some places call them 'rowdy sheeters' probably because they have a police 'sheet'.
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thanks Captain !
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What, please, is a Goonda?

A Goonda is a Goon,

... which brings us to a related word, Mastan (= a tough). A common expression to denote such elements is, goonda-mastan.

A derived Indian-English term is Mastanocracy (I think the meaning is obvious ).

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History Sheeters. Worse: Notorious history sheeters. I do not want to meet one of them. Ever. Especially if they busy absconding at the time.
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The Goonda's act is a loose term that means different things in different States. In Nick's Chennai, it would mean "The Tamil Nadu Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Bootleggers, Drug-offenders, Forest-offenders, Goondas, Immoral Traffic Offenders, Slum-grabbers and Video Pirates Act, 1982."
Isn't that most of the drivers on most of the roads?
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Why, my native place, of course.
I don't know how Indian or Universal usage of the term "Native Place" is, however whenever someone uses this phrase reminds me of the movie Avatar and the Na'vi.
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I find "native place" very useful. If I say I am going to UK for a month, it leads to detailed interrogation. If I say I am going to my native place, I just a get a nod
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That reminds of the age old misunderstanding when the Parisian arrives at his ritzy New York Hotel room ..... only to find that his bed has but one sheet on it.

He immediately jumps on the elevator, arrives at the front desk & amid dozens of shocked onlookers starts screaming at the perplexed lobby manager. " I want two shit & I want two shit right now!!!!!"
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The Mexican jazz musician who never plays sheet music?
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Originally Posted by PeakXV View Post That reminds of the age old misunderstanding when the Parisian arrives at his ritzy New York Hotel room ..... only to find that his bed has but one sheet on it.

He immediately jumps on the elevator, arrives at the front desk & amid dozens of shocked onlookers starts screaming at the perplexed lobby manager. " I want two shit & I want two shit right now!!!!!"
This is the whole story.
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I tella Chennai waiter I wanna fork. He brings me a coke.

I think I'd prefer a Maltese waitress.
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