Friday, May 8, 2009

Wordplay On Regional Dialects

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dialect-homophones A few politically incorrect clues that play on Indian regional dialects, inspired by the Cockney clues. Just experimenting with the wordgame.

The clues don't have conventional homophone indicators but they mention the region of which the accent is to be used.

e.g. Separate turn for work for one from Bihar (4)
Turn for work = SHIFT,
for one from Bihar => SHIFT spoken in a Bihari accent = SIFT, which means 'separate'

Get the drift? Okay, try solving these:

  Made advances, as a Bengali would? (5)
  Pretend to be a Banarasi supporter (5)
  Archer, say, on the Kannadiga's side (6)
  It's on the fly, a Bihari's vehicle (4)

Post your answers in the comments section. I'll publish the solution after 7 days if any of it remains unsolved. Enjoy!

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13 comments

Chaturvasi said...

Some original thinking here!

anokha said...

It's on the fly, a Bihari's vehicle (4) JEEP (~ ZIP)

Samit said...

Archer, say, on the Kannadiga's side (6) WRITER (~RIGHTA)

Wicked!!!

anokha said...

Made advances, as a Bengali would? (5) KEMON (~ CAME ON)????

.... so it doesn't have to be English word!!!!!!

Shuchi said...

It is much simpler than that, Anokha. English words all, just stressed differently.

Made advances, as a Bengali would? (5) WOOED {~would}

Nice work with JEEP, I wasn't expecting that to get solved so quickly!

raghunath said...

Separate turn for work for one from Bihar (4)
Turn for work = SHIFT,
for one from Bihar => SHIFT spoken in a Bihari accent = SIFT, which means 'separate'

This pronunciation is probably more suited to Gujaratis, who almost 99.99% times pronounce RAMESH as Rames, Suresh as Sures, should as sud etc! Apologies to my numerous Gujarati friends.

Shuchi said...

It's pretty common in Bihar too, raghunath. I am from Bihar myself, so that context came to me more readily.

Shuchi said...

Coming to think of it, even the one remaining [Pretend to be a Banarasi supporter (5)] can probably take 'Gujarati' than 'Banarasi' (So I gather from films. All the real-life Gujaratis I've come across have coincidentally not spoken with any trace of Gujarati accent.)

I wrote 'Banarasi' as I actually know people from that area/west UP tend to accent their vowels that way.

anokha said...

Couple more Gujarati classics -

1) Bite a snake, as they say in Gujarat (5)

2) Reception area puts Gujarati in a difficulty (4)

This "original thinking" IS contagious - little self-deprecating humor instead of being politically incorrect!!!!!

Shuchi said...

SNACK{~snake} and HALL{~hole}, right?

This is fun!

anokha said...

Yeah except I was thinking of the second one other way round -

HOLE (~hall)

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raghunath said...

Anokha's set of clues is another example of typical Guj pronunciations. I have heard a lot of these snakes and holes from these friends in college.

Shuchi said...

Thanks for reminding me Anokha, about the unanswered clue.

Pretend to be a Banarasi supporter (5) FEIGN{~fan}

A Banarasi college-mate always wanted the 'feign' switched on in class, even during winters.