Friday, May 27, 2011


In this post I described how an Indian co-worker instructed me in the way to say thank you ("Dhayanwad") in India.

I told that sory this week to anoyther pair of Indian so-workers. Today Jay (full name: too difficult for me to pronounce) explained that the "Hinglish" spelling is actually "Dhanyavad

Hinglish, of course, being the blended Hindi-English structure.

Lest you think this is merely a fad, in 2005 author B.K. Mahal wrote the book, "The Queen's Hinglish." Not the stuff of Receive Pronunciation, of course, but an indication that the topic has staying power.

Oh, and "Shukriya" = "Welcome."

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