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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Ryanese

My Ryan!
Ryan is, of course, Indian. English is his first language, but as happens with English-speaking people from different countries the world over... sometimes things mean different stuff to us and he says phrases or things that make me go "What?!"  Some of these are commonly Indian, some are regional, and some might be just plain Ryan.

So I thought it'd be fun to share a few:

  • Whenever Ryan's going to work he says 'I'm going to office' instead of 'I'm going to the office.' This one is totally commonly used all over India.
Ryan "at office"
  • Apparently what we call undergraduate education is called graduate and what we call graduate school is called postgraduate. 
  • In the same vein 'I'm doing my graduation' means 'I'm going back to college.'
  • "Homely" means something like 'pleasantly domestic, cozy, reminds one of home'.  So Ryan calls me homely sometimes and I have to remember he doesn't mean ugly. :-P
This is just funny.
  • Whenever something isn't right, Ryan calls it 'jacked up'. (that makes me secretly giggle because it sounds like ghetto slang or something, and Ryan just totally isn't like that.)
  • "Stark" means "complete". So like today, Ryan told me my beauty was 'stunning and stark'... to which I, of course, replied 'stark'?

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