This is the way we spell our words, spell our words, spell our words….

Thanks to the condition of most of the roads in Bangalore, getting a flat tyre is something that happens with unfailing regularity to all of us. And then we have our friendly neighbourhood under-the-tree puncture repair specialists, who does a great job of repair-and-re-inflate-your-tyre-while-you-wait…under the cool shade of a spreading tree (one that Brihat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike has still not axed), and while you possibly enjoy a tender coconut as well.

These tyre-artists advertise in their own unique way. And their spelling of the word “puncture” is also unique. But just sometimes, I suppose, someone has a doubt about whether the first spelling (they write it out on old tyres and hang them up on the tree!) is right or not…so when this guy had second thoughts, he decided not to take a chance, but do the alternate spellling as well!

This one was in Basavanagudi, but they are ubiquitous.


I didn’t have the heart to tell him that he might need several more of these “tyre signs” before he actually arrived at the right spelling!

4 Comments so far

  1. Ravi (unregistered) on April 19th, 2007 @ 10:41 am

    Maybe he just got ‘tyred’ of arriving at the right spelling? ;)

  2. kamla (unregistered) on April 19th, 2007 @ 9:46 pm


    I think the person has spelt it correctly since that is way they hear the word…”punchur”! :-)


  3. Rao (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 12:05 am

    Can’t blame the “tyre-artist”.
    English is a funny language. Take this example -Most might have come across this word “Sean”.
    While speaking they say “Shawn” for “Sean”. That does not make any sense to me.

  4. R.A. Levin (unregistered) on April 28th, 2007 @ 1:09 am

    Actually, the “Sean” spelling isn’t English at all. It’s Irish Gaelic.
    Interesting, too, that “Pancher” is a transliteration of the Hebrew word for puncture. Maybe the proprietor is trying to attract Israeli tourists? :))


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