The words “jewel”, “jewellery” and “jewellers” are commonly mispronounced. The “w” should be almost silent, i.e. “jooal”, “jooallery” and “jooalers”. This was brought home by a story in Mid-Day.com and this picture (credit to Mid-Day): The Marathi sign board uses … Continue reading
There is a good reason a “quote” is spelt differently from “Coat”. Simple. They are pronounced differently. “Quote” is pronounced “kwote” (क्वोट). “Coat” is pronounced “koat” (कोट)
Saw this float at the 2016 Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Why is it “Gova/Gowa” in Devanagari? Why not गोआ ? In Konkani they use “Goya” (गोंय), as in Goenkarancho (English transliteration by Goans): Very confusing.
Dr. Gerard Nolst Trenité (1870 – 1946), was a Dutch observer of English and wrote a poem The Chaos to illustrate how it is so frustrating to a non-English native speaker. Here is an extract from the poem, which has … Continue reading
Many Indians say the word “mechanism” as मिकानिसम, perhaps as an extension of “mechanic”. However, it is pronounced as मेकअनिसम with the emphasis on Mec.
Most Indians seem to pronounce content (as in the contents of this page) as कंटेंट . What’s wrong with that? In the rest of the world (except, perhaps the countries next to India), कंटेंट refers to contentment, as in “I … Continue reading
At a function today, the emcee said, “Please bear with us while we wait for …” but it sounded like “Please beer with us …” I have heard a few Punjabis pronounce “wear” as “weir”, so it seems that some … Continue reading
This is a commonly mispronounced set of words among the IT community in India. Develop Incorrect: डेवलप डेवलोप (emphasis in bold) Correct: डिवेलप (all syllables with equal emphasis) Developer Incorrect: डेवलपर डेवलोपर (emphasis in bold) Correct: डिवेलपर (all syllables with … Continue reading
Indian languages (at least the North Indian ones) have only one letter “wa” (व) to cover the letters V and W, therefore many Indians mispronounce words that contain the letter “v”. The “wa” sound is made with the lips forming … Continue reading
Laloo Yadav’s speech in Parliament is a fine example of an ailing Indian English. It kicks off this website’s first post. Enjoy!