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#indianenglish : Twitter trending on the way we sp...
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by seemantini on Thursday, 22 July 2010
#indianenglish : Twitter trending on the way we speak!


Welcome to the world of opinions, where notions form and break in a day. Welcome to Twitter where hundreds share and support your views. I would not have guessed the intensity of a user’s involvement with this social networking website, hadn’t I been interacting on it two days back.

Like always, my twitter timeline was busy with ‘tweeps’, talking about politics, sports, countries, and what not! There were numerous hash tags (#) and even more school of thoughts operating from every corner of the world. It was then, that I spotted few interesting tweets tagged #indianenglish.  And, in no time, my timeline flooded with tweets tagged the same. Curiousity got the better of me and I went on to check out what was going on there in #indianenglish. What was it all about?

I was completely bowled over by what I saw! There were thousands of tweets coming in from all over the country, discussing the way and styles of English, we Indians speak! Some were hilarious!  Following is a list of few I liked the best (Original twitter handles removed).

  • name @name I have two daughters, both are girls #IndianEnglish
  • name Please press my pant #IndianEnglish
  • name LOL @name Lift any sari 100/- rupees only! #indianenglish
  • name Myself Non veg What are you #IndianEnglish
  • name We don't take guarantee of your goods. Please leave your values behind #IndianEnglish
  • name RT @name: ;) RT @name: Teacher : "why are you looking at the monkeys outside when i am in the class?!" #indianenglish
  • name And the classic! "I didn't knew that!" #indianenglish
  • name Convent -educated, wheatish complexion, single and innocent, caste and creed no bar #IndianEnglish
  • name #indianenglish teacher in class.. I have to daughters, i married my elder daughter last year.
  • name Both my two sons are highly educated boys, perfect match of your daughter. #indianenglish :D
  • name Teacher : "Either you hang this calender or I'll hang myself !" #indianenglish
  • name How many childrens you have? #indianenglish
  • name #indianenglish First we no talk, then we talk, then make friendship, but then i wanted loveship.. She said no loveship before marriage!
  • name Open the fan #IndianEnglish
  • name RT @blabla42: These papayas are from my backside #IndianEnglish ha ha ha ha!! :D
  • name Don't get wet in the rain. You will catch cold. #IndianEnglish
  • name  SMH. Pure comedy RT @name: my father will kill me if i steal his cigarette n not put it back after smoking #IndianEnglish
  • name #IndianEnglish My mind thought about that thought just now today
  • name "I would like to thank the President of the United States from the bottom of my heart and my wife's bottom too"- #IndianEnglish
  • name Since I have to go to my village to sell my land along with my wife. Please sanction me one-week leave. #indianenglish

(For more such tweets, visit #indianenglish.com at http://bit.ly/dvjAgH )

While some laughed their minds off over these one-liners and real life situations, some were not too comfortable with the idea of making a mockery of Indian English on a global platform like Twitter. They protested vehemently against the tag and typecasting Indians as fools, who don’t know what they talk about (in English). Even a news website went ahead to discuss the topic in their own website!

  • name RT @name Indian English (#IndianEnglish) gets attention on #Twitter, some object to idea. http://bit.ly/cKAU1n #news
  • name Indian English gets attention on Twitter, few object the idea: Indian English (#IndianEnglish) gets attention on #... http://xyz
  • name @name Enough of u tweeting abt #Indianenglish! Its not even in top 100 trending topics!
  • name Why are we talking about #IndianEnglish #AmericanEnglish is worse - Refudiate, Misunderestimated, Wee-wee'd up
  • name But I speak english pretty well. No real advantage of mocking #indianenglish
  • name I thought effective communication is more important than scoring full marks in grammar exam #indianenglish
  • name that is not fair... those who tweeting this are insulting the country :) #indianenglish

But again, these sentiments were not taken too lightly by tweeps who were really loving #indianenglish. According to them, it was just a way of having fun and had nothing to do with insulting the country. Moreover, it proves that Indians can laugh at themselves and still be proud of what they are!

  • name @name Trending #IndianEnglish wasn't criticism. Simply recollecting all the funny & stupid things (now that we know) we've done & said.
  • name Wonder why people are taking #IndianEnglish so seriously!  Some of these are truly memorable! They should all be compiled somewhere :-)
  • name Nothing 2 b ashamed if it is poor/Incorrect. Not our Mother tongue anyway @name: #IndianEnglish . on #Twitter http://bit.ly/cKAU1n
  • name Sum tweeps today frustrated by the tt #indianenglish ;) It's just for fun. I enjoyed today's tt lot..
  • RT @name We aren't insulting our own nation!we're just showing how we have our own form of English & how cute it is! #indianenglish

The debate is not yet done with, neither is the thread closed. People are still having fun at #indianenglish, while the rest are fuming. The question that has come up amidst all this is, whether or not Twitter has given birth to a new generation of patriots. You may feel irritated at the issue been blown out of proportion by some of the tweeps who have taken this joke personally. After all, people must learn to think simple and enjoy a joke, without complicating it. However, no one can deny that many a people have come forward to announce #indianenglish as a disgrace to the entire nation on a global platform.

Patriotism or over reaction, what do you think of the ‘indianenglish’ episode on twitter? Is it a blow to our respect being Indians, or just a fun activity? Let me know. 



Seemantini Bose

Seemantini works as a content writer in Evon Technologies. She is also a part of the marketing team.

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