You can forget “the Queen’s English”, a term that dates back to 1592 and is snobbily defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “the English language as regarded as under the guardianship of the Queen; hence, standard or correct English”. It’s “Streetsmart English” or perhaps more accurately, “Self-reliance English” that is increasingly the need in India, according to the Times of India at least.
This is all just another way of describing a “Khul ja sim sim” tongue, one that enables self-reliance and provides the magic words to open up hitherto off-limits treasures… information, opportunity, salaries, upward mobility.
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