I love Indlish!

As a Linguistics graduate who’s always had a soft spot for the English language, I find great delight in puns, plays on words and clever word games or tricks. One of my favourite pastimes is spotting misspelt words (either intentionally or otherwise) in signs, on shopfronts or in menus.

Admittedly, I do have an abhorrence of misplaced apostrophes and a growing dread that apostrophes might be phased out of the English language completely within my lifetime, however, there remains a certain charm to spelling and grammatical errors, particularly when made in an official capacity, like on street signs or product packaging. And when such errors or imaginative use of English are used in countries where English is not the first language, that charm seems to magnify.

Here are my favourite examples of ‘Indlish’ that I’ve spotted so far…

Loyal World Receipt

A wonderful example of apostrophe use on a Loyal World supermarket receipt.

No comment!

No comment!

Teaism: my new favourite word.

Teaism: my new favourite word.

Menu marketing by Snazzy design.

Menu marketing by Snazzy design.

A were-dog perhaps?

A were-dog perhaps?

On the back of a rickshaw!

On the back of a rickshaw!

I love the style of this marketing in Barista coffee shop

Great marketing in Barista coffee shop.

The equivalent of the UK's "No cold callers". Nuff said.

The equivalent of the UK’s “No cold callers”. Nuff said.

Khushi's cafe: Yes, I have a Particulars intolerance.

Khushi’s cafe: Yes, I have a Particulars intolerance.

The Indian skin-based plumbing systems just can't handle it.

The Indian skin-based plumbing systems just can’t handle it.

Addicted to shopping? Never again!

Addicted to shopping? “Never again”!

This cooking oil is a car-free zone!

This cooking oil is a car-free zone!

"Electrifications" by J.K. Electricals - sounds like a cheap Harry Potter spin-off.

“Electrifications” by J.K. Electricals – sounds like a cheap Harry Potter spin-off.

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