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November 27th, 2019

Begone, all ye bombastic words

For any student of India, or of the use of language, the story I’m about to share with you is totally delicious.

Just imagine, if you will, that the Delhi High Court has “rapped” the Delhi Police for using Urdu and Persian words inappropriately and “without proper application of mind.”

But first of all, here you go, read the whole story first:

There is just so much to love about this little gem of story.

“There is no need for the police to show their knowledge of Urdu and Persian words,” remarked the court.

I am absolutely intrigued by the idea of the average Delhi cop using high-falutin’ Persian words.

And then the suggestion that people who cannot understand such “bombastic” language should be given a kind of crib-sheet, so they can understand what has been written by the police.

There are 383 such bombastic words, minds you.

Actually, there may well be more than 383 words, we are informed, “as there can be other similar Urdu and Persian words being used…”

My mind is well and truly boggled. Or however you say that in Persian.

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