Actually the Indian Railway could do with some tannoy messages, for example 'Express train coming - beware'. Check out our free railway video clip: Indian Railway.
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From a Railway Carriage by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94) Faster than fairies, faster than witches,
Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches;
And charging along like troops in a battle, All through the meadows the horses and cattle:
All of the sights of the hill and the plain
Fly as thick as driving rain;
And ever again, in the wink of an eye,
Painted stations whistle by. Here is a child who clambers and scrambles,
All by himself and gathering brambles;
Here is a tramp who stands and gazes,
And there is the green for stringing the daisies!
Here is a cart run
away in the road
Lumping along with man and load;
And here is a mill, and there is a river:
Each a glimpse and gone for ever!
Examples of Funny Inglish / Indianisms or Incorrect Indian English
They might say: Seriously, she is a good person.
Instead of: She is a
good person. They might say: I only told her to do that.
Instead of: I told her to
do that. They might say: Tom was not there but.
Instead of: But Tom was not
there. They might say: She had so much of work to do that .....
She had so much work to do that ..... They might say: Let us discuss about this.
Instead of: Let us discuss
this. They might say: He does this always.
Instead of: He always does this.
Origins of Inglish
English has been with India since the early 1600's, when the East India
Company started trading and English missionaries first began their efforts. The English which is spoken in India is different from that spoken in
other regions of the world, and it is regarded as the unique variety which
is called Indian English or Inglish. Indians also shorten many words to create commonly used terms. Enthusiasm is called enthu; as such, it can be used in new ways. One can
say, 'That guy has a lot of enthu.' While this is simply an abbreviation,
enthu can also be used as an adjective where enthusiasm cannot, as in 'He's
a real enthu guy.' The same applies for fundamentals, which is shortened as fundas. 'She
knows her fundas.' What is interesting about fundas is that when the -as
ending is dropped and -u is added, it takes on a new meaning and can be used
in a new way. Fundu basically means wonderful or brilliant. One can say 'He
is a fundu person' or even 'He is fundu.' See more Ingrish humour.