16 July, 2006

Dinglish

In a week where the world seems to be going to hell in a handbasket, take a minute for some light relief, courtesy of 7 Days. Of their examples of "Dubai English", my personal favourites are:-

Ahlanification - The process of an everyday expat discovering his or her inner Paris Hilton through the party pages of local magazines.

jane drain - The migration of long-term expats from Jumeirah to the exurbs of the Springs and the Greens.

my friend - A total stranger.

However I'm sure we can come up with some equally good or better examples. My contribution is:

next week, madam - it'll never happen

Over to you . . . .

7 comments:

Grumpy Goat said...

'not coming in Dubai' - I can't be bothered to get one from the back room.

'cinema' - large dark room with comfy chairs where one goes in order to converse with one's friends by mobile phone.

BD said...

"jane drain" - hard to top that one!

Woke said...

Most of them are good :D

AhlanificatioN and Creek-averse.

John B. Chilton said...

"after tomorrow" = never

Axonsax said...

inshallah - you'll be lucky (or "not bloody likely")

now, now, it's only a gag.....

Grumpy Goat said...

'not on his seat' - (i) just nipped to the loo,
(ii) just stepped out for a fag break,
(iii) left yesterday for a month's vacation.
The correct definition inevitably depends on hw urgently you need to talk to someone.

'parking space' - an area approximately 5.5m x 5.5m that inexplicably has a white line painted across its middle.

Mme Cyn said...

Faloos-o-mat = ATM

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