My annoyance at tortured translations between Hindi and English is not
confined to the strange
inverted use of until
in Hinglish. Here are some phrases that have suffered terribly in
translation in the opposite direction.
कार्य प्रगति पर है
This is the usual translation of “work in progress” on road signs, but
means “progress” in a larger sense—think “scientific progress”, not
“the progress bar is stuck at 95%”. And
is a very grandiose word to apply to construction work, but it's just
the sort of Sanskrit-derived word that the powers that be love to slip
into official signs as if they were nothing out of the ordinary.
means “on” in the sense of putting one thing on another. So if you were
to translate the sign back into English, “The work is on the progress”
wouldn't be too far off. Nowhere else is
used in a way to suggest that you can put things on it (or in it).
It would be perfectly natural and unambigous to write
“काम चल रहा है”,
but that's just not officious enough to satisfy anyone.
Hindi newspapers use this term to mean “private hospital”, but
would be better translated as “personal”. It doesn't convey the private
vs public sense of being the opposite of a
(Government hospital). When I read about someone going to a
I always imagine them going to their own hospital (which I
would too, if I had one).
In this case, I don't know of a better way to say it.