February 15th, 2017

Indian English on dazzling display

I am grateful to the fearsomely talented Tunku Varadarajan for alerting me to the 570 page judgement of the Supreme Court yesterday, on a corruption case involving a late Chief minister of Tamil Nadu, her aide who just tried to ‘inherit” the position of CM, and some other folk who…

“Yes, yes,” I hear you cry.  “Never mind about these venal people.  What about the dazzling display of Indian English you promised us?”

OK, friends.  Try this out for size 🙂

Is that not THE best thing you’ve read today?

“octopoid stranglehold” – too, too wonderful.

“the nation’s essentia” – oh, gosh.

“the asphyxiating snare of this escalating venality” – whew!

I started ploughing through the entire document, which is available online as a pdf file, but kept getting sidetracked by delicious morsels such as the postal costs of sending out 56,000 wedding invitations back in the 90s (I kid you not).

Unabated greed & corruption for 570 pages.

So I took a short cut and used not only Tunku’s twitter feed, but also a report in the Hindustan Times, which I am now going to quote:

“…Innovative nuances of evidential inadequacies, processual infirmities and interpretational subtleties, artfully advanced in defence, otherwise intangible and inconsequential, ought to be conscientiously cast aside with moral maturity and singular sensitivity to uphold the statutory sanctity, lest the coveted cause of justice is a causality..”

I must admit to feeling slightly dizzy, from overdosing on this powerful verbal brew of mixed metaphors & fab vocab.

I shall leave you with a gem.  An absolute gem:

“…a few disquieting thoughts that have lingered and languished in distressed silence in mentation demand expression at the parting with a pulpit touch…”

A cracker, right?

But before I go, I must confess, dear reader, that I am conflicted.

WHICH of these gems should I start using on an everyday basis?

“a pulpit touch”?

“the nation’s essentia”?

Gosh – too much choice.

But I think that if I absolutely have to chose but one of the wonderful verbal flourishes from the Supreme Court, it shall be the following:

“octopoid stranglehold”.

There you have it, friends.

My new phrase of the day 🙂

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