« And that's all she wrote | Main | 1920s slang »

October 28, 2012

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00e553f9eace8834017d3d0ffd74970c

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference English Vinglish:

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

shuchi

Hi Susan,

You're right about 'Vinglish' being an echo word - adding it to 'English' is a way of saying 'English and the like'. Echo words are common in informal, spoken Hindi. We'd ask someone over to have chai-vai (tea etc.) and maybe discuss the situation of their naukri-vaukri (job etc.) and family-vamily. Also, in some regions of India the 'v' sound is preferred in the echo word, in others the 'sh' sound.

Hope you enjoy the film. I did!

Virtual Linguist

Thank you, Shuchi - now I know for sure. The film was on at my local cinema a few weeks ago, but it's all the latest James Bond this week. I hope it will come back again soon, when I shall definitely go along.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner