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June 29, 2015 at 10:56 am

8 Phrases We As Indians Use On A Daily Basis And What They Actually Mean

Are we just saying these things to put the other person at ease?

1. I’ll be there in 5 minutes!

Meaning: I’m running late, I should take approximately 20-30 minutes. I’m not telling you the approximate time because I know you’ll freak out.


2. I’ve been waiting an hour!

Meaning: I have actually waited 5 to 10 minutes. I’m putting emphasis on an hour so you feel guilty for wasting my time.


3. I should be home soon

Meaning: I’m still in office/wherever I am. I have no idea when I’m reaching home.


4.  I’m fine. How are you?

Meaning: I’m not fine and I know you don’t give a damn so I’m not going to bother telling you the details. I really don’t care how you are; it’s just social convention after all.


5. It should be ready by this evening

Meaning: I’m being optimistic here so I don’t lose your trust. In all honesty I have no clue when I can get this work done.

what indians say and what they actually mean

6. Actually, that can’t be done

Meaning: Hell No! In Indian culture we are taught to make negative statements with a spoonful of sugar.

what indians say and what they actually mean

7. If you need anything, don’t hesitate to call

Meaning: I’m just being polite, chances are I won’t remember who you are when you call.

what indians say and what they actually mean

8. Don’t worry, I’ll talk with a few people and see what they can do

Meaning: You really need to calm down right now; I’m not a genie with a magic lamp.

what indians say and what they actually mean

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