Not so recently, some of us bore my uncle's tirade - meant for the editor of "The H...", the newspaper maamaaji reads. Apparently, there's this regular column, wherein, readers are invited to contribute pics showing gaffes in signboards, etc. - especially the gaffes in angrezi.
"Why laugh at some poor, illiterate signboard painter for his mistakes? If he was as educated as those people at the news office, he wouldn't be painting boards. And, it's not like the newspaper wallahs don't make mistakes at all.........." - the gist of my maama's speech.
Of course, I didn't quite agree with him. I think, the laugh is more for the end result than at the poor painter. At that moment, I didn't say so because I was in no mood to start a discussion. However, after that incident, I think of my uncle whenever I see a gaffe in angrezi.... and that is very often!
Recently, there was this pamphlet with our newspaper, announcing some sale in town. As I ran an absent-minded eye before crumpling it, I saw this....
Obviously, there was a spelling mistake. Now, I was curious - because I couldn't think of the right word. Since I don't like to be ignorant, I decided to ask google, the all-knowing one......
This pamphlet must have been printed locally. And, in this part of the country, the letter "P" is popularly pronounced "Ph" / "F". ( Eg : 'Phrize" for "Prize").
So, I decided to google "Riprown Skirt".... No result.
I tried "Ripron Skirt"....and, google asked me if I meant "Rapron Skirt".
There it was! The current trend in skirts looks a lot like the "Wrap-around Skirt", popular during my primary school days long, long ago.... an open ended skirt with cords on the upper ends for fastening.
Wonder if "Wrap-around" has been shortened to "Rapron"!
In that case, I have a suggestion....
At the risk of being clobbered by my VeshTi/ Lungi wearing acquaintances, I propose that these items of clothing should be called "Rapron Skirts" in angrezi!!