Recently I was analysing the traffic to my different blogs, I was pleasantly surprised to see the blog I wrote in 2018 on Indianisms is one of the blogs which gets massive traffic even today.
Being in the training industry I started to pay attention to common Indianisms at work. I noticed quite a few Indianisms used widely. Therefore, I decided to write another blog about it. Do let me know in the comment section if you subconsciously say any of them or find them weird when you hear them.
Cent percent sure: This is a common way to check or talk about the surety of something. You may have been hearing this since childhood. Instead of this, you can say “absolutely sure”.
Incorrect: Are you
cent percent sure about the success of the programme?
Correct: Are you absolutely sure about the success of the programme?
Cut the call: Do you hear your colleagues saying “cut the call”? People use it because the meaning of the Hindi word ” Katna” is “cut” in English. so, from cutting trees to abruptly disconnecting a call, everything is expressed by cut.
cut my call while I was still talking.
Correct: John abruptly disconnected my call while I was still talking.
Level best: Are you playing any game which has different levels of best? Drop level & you would make more sense.
Incorrect: I will do my
level best to send the report by tomorrow.
Correct: I will do my best to send the report by tomorrow.
Reply back: This is so common that not only people who are at an entry-level of management use it but also by people who are higher up. If you look up in the dictionary the meaning of reply is “say or write something to somebody as an answer”. Therefore, when you say “reply back” you essentially say “write back back”. So, instead, drop back & you will just be fine.
Incorrect: I will
reply back to your email as soon as I return to work.
Correct: I will reply to your email as soon as I return to work.
Revert or revert back: “Revert to” is a phrasal verb and it is used when something returns to its original or former state. Stop using revert or revert back to say that you are going to respond to somebody.
Incorrect: I am going to
revert to John’s email.
Correct: I am going to reply to John’s email.
I need one help: Do you ever say I need two help? The answer is obvious. Then why do you say one help? Help is countless. It’s a concept.
Incorrect: Can you
do me one help?
Correct: Can you help me?
Very less: It is used with uncountable nouns. Less is a degree of being little.
Incorrect: I worked
very less today.
Correct: I worked very little today.
Note: People often use less with countable nouns There were less cars on the road then. This is not considered correct in standard English, and fewer should be used instead.
Be rest assured: This is wrong because be is a base form of verb so is rest & two verbs in base form can’t be used together. So, either say be or rest assured.
Be rest assured I will have it checked. (Not both)
Correct: Rest assured I will have it checked.
Call out on: This is grossly misused unknowingly. Call out means to criticize somebody, especially publicly & not to announce achievement.
Incorrect: I would like to
call out on John for his excellent teamwork.
Correct: People were calling him out for his negative comments.
Max to max: It is widely used. Max to Max is an exact translation of ‘zyada se zyada’. Say At Most or Maximum.
Incorrect: The bus stops for
max to max 10 minutes.
Correct: The bus stops at most for 10 minutes.
Let me know indianisms which are often used at your work.