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Indian English Adjectives We Know Too Well

13 Indian English Adjectives We Know Too Well But The Rest Of The World Doesn’t

1. Convent-educated

A convent is a place where nuns used to live and spread Christianity from. Convent-educated basically means an English-medium Christian school. Don’t be surprised if marriage seekers have this on their matrimonial profiles. It’s a hidden message to say that they consider themselves highly educated.

Indian English Adjectives We Know Too Well

2. Wheatish complexion


Not sure what exactly they mean…but men in India prefer women with a lighter complexion more than with a darker skin tone. Yeah, we’re closet racists. ‘Wheatish’ is an adjective used by people who want to say, "Hey I’m not perfect, but nor am I horrendous, I’m just milk chocolate and caramel all over!"

Indian English Adjectives We Know Too Well

3. Foreign-returned


"Foreign" is an adjective that is sadly used as a prefix noun in this grammar-Nazi-infuriating nation. Examples are foreign born, foreign educated, foreign fashion etc.

Indian English Adjectives We Know Too Well

4. Homely


Once again, a recurring adjective on matrimonial profiles used for women who are simple, humble and open to running a household for a dominant male (chauvinist pigs be like yeah!). But what does it really mean? You’ll be surprised with what dictionary.com has to say.

Indian English Adjectives We Know Too Well

5. Single and innocent


Another adjective for the ladies and this one is a no-brainer. Apparently being a virgin gets you bonus points in finding a husband.

Indian English Adjectives We Know Too Well

6. Himalayan Blunder


The only blunder the Himalayas could make would be to not exist at all. So comparing big mistakes to the might of the Himalayas is just stupid.

Indian English Adjectives We Know Too Well

7. Effluent


"Myself effluent guy with lots of property in South Delhi." – Creepy guy who messaged my friend.

I have an inkling he means ‘affluent’, but if he thinks he’s effluent, that’s cool too.

Indian English Adjectives We Know Too Well

8. Matured


Indians compare human development to the intensification of flavours in wine and cheese over time. How artistic! So next time you come across someone who is "immatured", slap them hard and compare them to a chunk of aged Gouda.

Indian English Adjectives We Know Too Well

9. Pure vegetarian


Is that a vegetarian who eats only organic fruits and vegetables?

Indian English Adjectives We Know Too Well

10. Oversmart

When acting too smart isn’t just good enough.

Indian English Adjectives We Know Too Well

11. Break up

"Tell me about your salary break up."


I’m sorry, I do love my money but I’m certainly not dating it!

Indian English Adjectives We Know Too Well

12. Badly

"It hurts so badly!"


Tell me about it. I feel the same way about how you speak English.

Indian English Adjectives We Know Too Well

13. Hi-Fi

No! I was asking if this place has Wi-Fi!!

Indian English Adjectives We Know Too Well

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