I ORDERED A CAB AND A CABINET CAME! SPEAK ENGLISH PROPERLY (Post No.8347)

WRITTEN BY LONDON SWAMINATHAN

Post No. 8347

Date uploaded in London – 15 July 2020   

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THREE MORE INTERESTING LANGUAGE ANECDOTES!

When we were living in Madurai , my brother S Srinivasan had a Telugu friend by name Renga Reddy. He came to our house every evening and my mother gave him hot Indian coffee. We used to teach him Tamil and he used to tell us stories about Telugus getting diamonds and other valuable treasures from old forts in Andhra Pradesh. One evening he looked very tired. We asked him what happened to him. He said in Tamil

“Dukkam, dukkamaa Varuthu (literally translated sorrow, sorrow coming)

We were all shaken; we said, “Oh, Very Sorry! Any bad news from your home town??”

He said again , “No, Dukkam, I did not sleep last night. That is why Dukkam varuthu”.

We all laughed and laughed and our laughter rent the ceiling. He was puzzled.

We said to him, “O Renga Reddy; it is not DUKKAM. It is Thuukkam for sleep in Tamil . You should have said  Enakku Romba Thuukkam , Thuukamaa Varuthu ( Literally translated it would sound—To me, a lot, Sleep, Sleep comes)”

He was so close to our family ; so without taking it in the negative, he also laughed with us.

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I was teaching Tamil at the University of London (SOAS) for over twenty years. I used to give the foreign Tamil students some interesting anecdotes like this to illustrate what havoc could be caused by wrong pronunciation. I have collected a lot of paper cuttings (PC) for this purpose . Now I am binning them; here are a few more Language Anecdotes which illustrate,

1.MAHABHARATA IS TRUE–  when ‘the embodiment of truth’ Yuthisthira lied (elephant named) ‘Ashwattama is killed’, Drona, the greatest teacher, thought that it was his own son Ashwattama, and became distressed, dejected and got defeated in the great war. Here is an anecdote where British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was “killed” even before her death!!

See my pc from Evening Standard, London dated  13 November 2009

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2.CABINET WAS DELIVERED INSTEAD OF A CAB!!

A lady had a very bad English accent; she ordered a taxi/cab. The cab never came. She was dead angry; but next day a cupboard was delivered. All because of her bad accent and pronunciation.

Moral:–

Speak English Properly!

See my pc from Metro newspaper 11 April 2008

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3.WRONG URDU TRANSLATION PUTS SCOTTISH FIREMEN IN A FIX – DONKEY INSTEAD OF CUSHION!!!

THOUSANDS OF fire safety leaflets in Scotland have been withdrawn because a wrong translation in the leaflet’s Urdu version mixed ‘gadda’ (cushion) with a ‘gadha’ (donkey).

Read more from my pc dated 11 November 2006 from Asian Voice magazine

Please see the attachments given below :–

TAGS – WRONG ACCENT, CAB,CABINET, THATCHER DEAD, URDU , WRONG, TRANSLATION

-SUBHAM—

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