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10 classic Indianisms: 'Doing the needful' and more
By Daniel DMello – Fri, Nov 11, 2011 5:37 PM IST

6. 'Order for' "Hey, let’s order for a pizza." "Sure, and why not raid a library while we’re about it.” When you order something, you "order" it, you do not "order for" it. Who knows when or why we began placing random prepositions after verbs? Perhaps somewhere in our history someone lost a little faith in the "doing" word and added "for" to make sure their order would reach them. They must have been pretty hungry. 7. 'Do one thing' When someone approaches you with a query, and your reply begins with the phrase "do one thing," you're doing it wrong. "Do one thing" is a phrase that does not make sense. It is an Indianism. It is only understood in India. It is not proper English. It is irritating. There are better ways to begin a reply. And worst of all, any person who starts a sentence with "do one thing" invariably ends up giving you at least five things to do. “My computer keeps getting hung.” “Do one thing. Clear your history. Delete your cookies. Defrag your hardrive. Run a virus check. Restart your computer... .” 8. 'Out of station' “Sorry I can’t talk right now, I’m out of station.” “What a coincidence, Vijay, I’m in a station right now.” Another blast from the past, this one, and also, extremely outdated. What's wrong with "out of town" or "not in Mumbai" or my favorite "I'm not here"?

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9. The big sleep "I’m going to bed now, sleep is coming." "OK, say hi to it for me." While a fan of anthropomorphism, I do have my limits. "Sleep is coming" is taking things a bit too far. Your life isn’t a poem. You don’t have to give body cycles their own personalities. 10. 'Prepone' “Let’s prepone the meeting from 11 a.m. to 10 a.m.” Because the opposite of postpone just has to be prepone, right? "Prepone" is probably the most famous Indianism of all time; one that I’m proud of, and that I actually support as a new entry to all English dictionaries. Because it makes sense. Because it fills a gap. Because we need it. We’re Indians, damn it. Students of chaos theory. We don’t have the time to say silly things like "could you please bring the meeting forward." Prepone it is. There are many more pure grammatical "gems" in what we call Indian English. Perhaps in time I’ll list some more. And perhaps in the near future, we’ll get better at English. Till then, kindly adjust. Daniel D'Mello currently lives and works in Mumbai, where he enjoys reading, writing, planning trips, taking photos, attending gigs, catching up on films and TV and taking a keen interest in animal behavior. Read more: How to use secure passwords 8 in 10 women struggle with 'toxic friends' Photos -- World's best vampire-spotting locations! Sexual fantasies are good for you!

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