Tuesday, July 22, 2008

How come you are reading this?

Will someone please tell me- how can ‘how come’ be correct English usage? Nowadays, I see it being used as frequently as ‘Hello- how are yuh?’ out here. I also spot it in newspaper articles, letters to the editors,et al.

Initially, when I heard some friends using it, I thought they were paying tribute to the Red Indians of yore, who would say ‘How?’ instead of Hello, and, probably used ‘How? Come!’ as a way to say hello and invite people into their teepees without expounding much of their energy by saying ‘ Hello and welcome. Please enter our humble abode’.

Various examples of ‘How come’ that I keep hearing:
How come he said that?’
How come you did not arrive on time?’
‘ How come he does not enjoy life here?’
How come (s)he did not come when I did?’….LOL.. err, no, I made that up…credit that to the light-hearted mood I’m in, today.

Speaking of English, I saw some more examples of fractured English recently, and some of them are just so ROFLworthy that I must share them with you. All are supposedly spoken by teachers/principals:

Principal to student..." I saw you yesterday rotating near girls hostel pulling a cigerette...? "
Class teacher to student:" pick up the paper and fall in the dustbin!!!"
Hindi teacher "I'm going out of the world to America.."
Another teacher:"..DON'T TRY TO TALK IN FRONT OF MY BACK.."
Dont. laugh at the back benches...otherwise teeth and all will be fallen down.....
(My remark: I can believe that this one was really spoken)
Teacher: (When the classroom fan did not start in summer)
" why is fan not onning"
Teacher in a furious mood..."write down ur name and father of ur name!!"
Chemistry HOD comes and says"My aim is to study my son and marry my daughter"
"Tomorrow call your parents especially mother and father."
"Why are you looking at the monkeys outside when i am in the class?!"
- Computer Lab assistant (when the student wrote the wrong code)
"I understand. You understand. Computer how how understand??
Seing the principal passing by, the teacher told the noisy class.."Keep quiet, the principal has passed away"
Quiz for today:What does this refer to::
Two individuals proceeded towards the apex of a natural geologic protuberance,
the purpose of their expedition being the procurement of a sample of fluid hydride of oxygen in a large vessel, the exact size of which was unspecified.
One member of the team precipitously descended, sustaining severe damage to the upper cranial portion of his anatomicalstructure;
Subsequently the second member of the team performed a self-rotational translation oriented in the same direction taken by the first team member.
Thought::Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you.
Till next time,keep smiling!!


D said...

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water
Jack fell down and broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after!!!

(and I'm humming this as I type :P:P:P)

AmitL said...

ROFL...Jill,err,d..that's a good one!!:)

SMM said...

Hey I guessed jack and Jill too :)

I so agree with the fractured use of English thee days. Btw have you also notices how many people say "aks" instead of "ask"

austere said...

We should aks for a royalty everytime Indian English is used.

Curious said...

hahahha.. U should actually join some the debates that's goin on about ennglish and grammer at 7DAYS newspapers website...

hilarious Amitji...!

AmitL said...

Hi,SMM...wow-bloggers are pretty quick in such quizzes.:)
And,yep...aks is very common with many people..I wonder why?

AmitL said...

Hi,Austy...great idea..we should have begun yesterday,when the vote was on in the Los Kabha.:)

AmitL said...

Hi,Curious-hoho..let me check the 7 days website.I pick up their paper edition daily from the outside of some shop or the other,during my morning walk.:)

Anonymous said...

me guessed it too.. Hi there just stumbled upon ur blog.. entertainibg

Solitaire said...

I cannot believe that all these teachers and principals spoke like this!! Gosh! I wonder what kind of students graduate from there.

Solitaire said...

BTW, you are the winner of Jeopardy I as per public vote.

An award will be given to you the moment, Mr. Vrij decides he is available to design it.


Keshi said...

hahahahaha @cartoon!

**How come (s)he did not come when I did?’….

LOL Amit ur a bad bad boi!

That last qn..I've seen that before and know the ans. So I wont cheat and appear to be guessing. lol!


Keshi said...

I hv some comments in ur last post. Read. :)


Arunima said...

How come a post on the usage of English? :-)

Shreya said...

ROFL.. super humorous :P.. here's one:
Announcement to a group of students and teachers going on a school picnic - Snakes will be provided.


AmitL said...

Hi,Anon..tks for your visit..Do be back,and leave your blog url next time.:)
Hi,Sol..you're soo right..even I couldn't believe that teachers would speak like that..but,after I heard some of the teachers out here,and,some in Baroda,I can believe.
And,the jeopardy quiz...already mentioned in one of my posts above
LOL..Keshi..:) me,bad,bad boy?*most innocent look..* why,why??Read ur comment on the last post,too.
Hi,Arunima..LOL..How come such a comment on the post?
Hi,Shreya..ROFL..that's a Gujju joke,for sure.:)