Picture of the Day: ‘Miss Under Standing’

Posted on May 8, 2007
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Back in November 2006 we had done a ‘Picture of the Day’ post about a banner over a Lahore road that had some interesting spelling typos (heading: ‘I Love Miss Spelling). This current picture from Islamabad, taken by reader Saad, reminded me of that post.

I spend a lot of my professional life watching diplomats haggle over meanings of words in agreements being negotiated, so I find the wordplay here interesting, even if it is unintended. What does that extra ‘D’ at the end of ‘APOLOGIZE’ do to the meaning. Are they saying that inconveniences caused in the past have already been apologized for? Or that future inconveniences are covered by past apologies? Or that past inconveniences are being apologized for now?

But let me hasten to say that this is Not Pinglish. ‘Pinglish’ is not about bad spelling or faulty grammar; Pinglish is about formulations that may not be widely used or considered ‘proper’ in formal English but which are so widely accepted in Pakistan to be considered very much part of accepted usage by Paksitanis. Maybe I should add by repeating what I wrote in an earlier post about spelling lapses like this:

But please, let no one think I am being a snob in laughing at these mistakes. I really am not. Really. Its our language too and as a free people we will use it whatever way we want. What better revenge can we have on our erstwhile colonists.

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18 responses to “Picture of the Day: ‘Miss Under Standing’”

  1. mystic says:

    2 other examples of pinglish

    Play play, not play not play, what my fathers go !!

    Are you who?

  2. lida says:

    I think CDA is fed up. They won’t apologize again ever.
    :)

    Also what’s up with the “CDA logo”.
    Is this the nation that created TAJ mahal.

    We can’t even select a LOGO properly. I heard last time I was in Pakistan that this logo was selected in a contest. APolloGEE Axseptid

  3. Bilal Zubairi says:

    Deja vu!!!

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