Friday, 18 July 2008

Alistair Maclean on Educated Sinhalese

Strewth, mate! Check out what I found on page 138 of Alistair Maclean's Ice Station Zebra:

... he reminded me of educated Sinhalese I'd met with their precise, lilting, standard southern English interlarded with the catch-phrases of forty years ago. Topping, old bean, simply too ripping for words.

I don't think Maclean's being rascist - he's right! In the subcontinent, we're taught the Queen's English. Like you hear on the BBC. All very clipped and precise. More British than the British. The kind of English that apprently no-one actually speaks in England.
If you're wondering why I'm so interested in this - let me remind you that I am Sinhalese. Well, goodness gracious me...


Roger Gallagher said...

Given that you're also half-Tamil, does this mean that you need to be thinking about forth-culture ministry?

Kamal Weerakoon said...

Heh, heh, heh... thanks for drawing attention to my mongrel-ness...!
I only speak Sinhalese. I think like a Sinhalese. I have to identify as a Sinhalese. Which means taking responsibility of the sins of the Sinhalese against the Tamils.