In a sudden move, Tamil Nadu government Wednesday issued a notification changing the English spellings of 1018 places in the state to match their pronunciations in Tamil. While the names of some places were reverted to their original Tamil names, others underwent a spelling change. Soon, the new names of the towns and cities started trending online.
While people welcomed the move, they questioned the timing of the announcement. Many criticised the government for prioritising the changing of names during the pandemic. Many also said that while the reverting to Tamil names was welcome, their complicated English spellings weren’t helping.
Many are now sharing hilarious memes and jokes about the changing of names. Here are some examples:
— Maharshi Madhukar (@MaharshiMadhuk1) June 11, 2020
— Saisha Arora (@SaishaArora5) June 11, 2020
Corona, POVERTY & crime ✖️
Judges of india: pic.twitter.com/E3PIxz2rBY
— Simran (@ja_simran_jaa) June 11, 2020
It’s a welcome change🤘👏
Hope other states too implement 🤞 pic.twitter.com/8hj7fSgypK
— Shaman (@wittyshaman) June 11, 2020
After passing all the students, Tamil Nadu govt. decides to change the syllabus.
2021’s gonna be a tough year to study geography.#NAMECHANGE
— Aadar Malik (@TheAadarGuy) June 11, 2020
“Eekkattuththaangal” – spelling bee contest worthy!! #NAMECHANGE
— Lokesh Vasudevan (@lokusays) June 11, 2020
What #tn people expect: Double testing capacity for Covid19. Double Hospital beds.
What Govt does: Double ‘OO’ in Mylapore.. Double ‘AA’ in Arni. Double ‘PP’ Saidapet. 🙊#NAMECHANGE
— Justme (@Justme36541234) June 11, 2020
— Sastika Rajendran (@Sastika_R) June 10, 2020
— Subhashini Krishnan (@serenehowls) June 11, 2020
— Manoj Prabakar S (@imanojprabakar) June 11, 2020
— James Stanly (@JamesStanly) June 11, 2020
— Suresh-EAV (@SureshEav) June 10, 2020
— ஜெனோ 🌿🌿🌿 (@jeno3107) June 11, 2020
— Kongu Tamizhan கொங்குத்தமிழன் (@iamtvk) June 11, 2020
— Janani🧚♀️ (@Janu_aishu) June 11, 2020
Retweet if you agree✌️ pic.twitter.com/UsRuqZiwQD
— Sundara Vignesh (@sundu_rapid) June 11, 2020
😄 பெயர கேட்டாலே சும்மா அதிருதில்ல… (நல்ல வேளை சைத்தான் பேட்டைனு வைக்கலை) pic.twitter.com/073DebFw9V
— Mohamed Imranullah S (@imranhindu) June 11, 2020
A government release said that during the Tamil Nadu budget allocation session for 2018-2019, an announcement had been made about changing the names of places and towns in Tamil Nadu so that they have the same phonetics in English and Tamil. The revised names and spellings were finalised following deliberations by a committee appointed to oversee the changes.
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