Computing, Libraries, Tennis, India & other interests of Vikas Kamat
|Culture Clashes in a Global World|| |
| Culture Clashes in a Global World|
The Wired has some examples of how the usage of words is causing conflict in
the globalized world. It narrates how the word intimation (meant as
in correspondence or notice, not as in intimidation or intimacy) was taken
in offense. I have made the same mistake before. Another example I find hard to overcome is
my usage of the term dress. See, the word "Dress" in India is
used as synonym for clothing -- for men and women. So to say "My wife
bought me a dress", is normal and not queer.
I interact a lot with customers from Europe, and I am guilty of ridiculing them behind their back for their bad English, mannerisms and habits. Some examples.
- I think the exclamation marks are on sale in Switzerland! They use them unnecessarily, and meaninglessly!!
- Have you noticed how many times the German executives will say "I appreciate your sentence." What the heck is that?
- Some Europeans write the date as 10.10.2002. On my computer that is a bad date. Guys, I understand the stuff about day and month order, but what kind of computers do you use over there?
- So many different people in so many different countries can't be misspelling "Which" as "Witch". I think they are being anti-English.
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Friday, October 25, 2002|
Last Modified: 10/25/2002
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