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Recommend an Indian English Dictionary?

Posted 09 July 2018 - 03:06 PM

I'm looking for a dictionary of Indian English. Can anyone recommend one? I'm thinking of a web site (and not a book).
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Posted 10 July 2018 - 02:08 PM

I just use translate.google.com to be honest.
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Posted 10 July 2018 - 02:27 PM

What do you use if you want to lie?
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Re: Recommend an Indian English Dictionary?

Posted 11 July 2018 - 05:12 AM

When I read the topic title, I thought that the OP was looking to translate East Indian English: "<Some issue>. Please do the needful." to American English "Please do what ever needs to be done to fix the issue."

Others:
"Passing out" --> "Graduating successfully"
"Kindly revert" --> "Please reply"
"Prepone" --> "Schedule to an earlier time"
"Order for ABC" --> "Order ABC"
"Years back" --> "Years ago"
"Discuss about XYZ" --> "Discuss XYZ"

Frankly, the first time I heard "Prepone" I miss heard it to be be "pre-pwn" and assumed it was some kind of zero-day attack on Outlook's meeting calendar.
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Re: Recommend an Indian English Dictionary?

Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:37 AM

... This is starting to sound really racist...
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Re: Recommend an Indian English Dictionary?

Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:46 AM

It could be the same for the freaky-deaky Dutch or bayou swamp folk. Verbal colloquialism and translations sometimes are done.
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Re: Recommend an Indian English Dictionary?

Posted 11 July 2018 - 09:54 AM

I'm sorry if that came across as racist. I was just point out that we need cultural translations too, not just language translations. For example British English to American English (ex. "bum pack" --> "fanny pack"), or Australian English to American English (ex. "smoko" --> "smoke break").
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Posted 11 July 2018 - 11:08 AM

Case in point - the bulk of 'Trainspotting' the movie.

.. and book.
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Posted 06 August 2018 - 10:18 AM

One phrase I run across a lot is "one the same," which roughly means "on this" in American English. Curiously enough, this phrase used to be used in American English, about 120 years ago.
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Re: Recommend an Indian English Dictionary?

Posted 28 January 2019 - 09:53 PM

India uses the same English as British English or the Queens English. Any British English dictionary will work for Indian English. So far I have not come across anyone who would need a dictionary to understand Indian English though. Could you elaborate what you're struggling with that needs a dictionary?
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Re: Recommend an Indian English Dictionary?

Posted 29 January 2019 - 11:18 AM

Sure: "At apogee, the moon is about 4 lakh kilometers from earth."

So what is a "lakh"?
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Posted 29 January 2019 - 11:37 AM

Like a thousand or something. I think it's a denomination of measurement, though I've only ever heard it in reference to denominations of money.

*lakh = 100,000

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Posted 29 January 2019 - 11:39 AM

It's 100,000. Or, as they write it, 1,00,000. It's a good example though.
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Re: Recommend an Indian English Dictionary?

Posted 29 January 2019 - 12:01 PM

Aren't lakhs potato pancakes.. or was that 'latkes'? Wait.. no.. Andy Kauffman's character in Taxi!

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Posted 29 January 2019 - 09:18 PM

Oh yeah, I almost forgot until I was eavesdropping on a scrum: "Just do one thing for me. Do A. Do B. Do C. ... Do J." and also "I have just one question. What is X? Why are you doing X? How are you managing to do it now? Can it be postponed?"

In both cases above one is always more than just a single thing. My understanding of the Queen's English is that one is singular, not plural. Or is the use of the word "one" idiomatic like the idiomatic use of "just a second" when we really mean please wait?
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