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More Updation Needed

Compiled/Written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/Written by Melvin Durai
September 2011

In an article for, Mumbai-based writer Daniel D’Mello offers another set of Indianisms (words or phrases unique to Indian English), including one that’s likely to grate on the Western ear: updation.

How do Indians use the word? D’Mello gives this example: “We’re awaiting updation by our manager.”

D’Mello believes the word has a nice ring to it. That’s debatable, but don’t be surprised if the word soon appears in Webster’s and other dictionaries, especially when the editors get tired of receiving emails from India that say: “Your dictionary needs updation!”

Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

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