Mallu Accent to be Patented
Trivandrum, Aug 30th 2008 : The communist government in Kerala celebrated a major victory yesterday when the famous Kerala way of talking, popularly known as the ‘Mallu’ accent got a geographical indications patent registration. Baby George Maathukutty, the lawyer appearing for the state of Kerala said that this would put to an end the widespread misuse of the Mallu accent – to entertain, ridicule or embarass.
“The Kerala accent is one of the most easily recognisable of the English language, perhaps after the French”, Baby said, speaking to Utopia. After the Kancheepuram Saree, Kolhapuri Chappal & Nagpur Orange, the Mallu Accent is one of the more prominent patent registrations from India.
Answering a question as to what this means to the common Malayalee, going about daily life calling for an ootto or doing an ‘yemmbeeyae’ or running a coffee shop on the moon, he said “This does not affect any naturalised Malayalee. However, anyone exploiting it for a commercial intent – whether it is forwarding another of those Mallu accent jokes, or portraying a Madrasi sidekick in a movie – will have to pay royalty to the state of Kerala”.
“But this linguistic exploitation has been going on for a while. No longer”, said Comrade Balan
“As a state of literate comrades, we have never tolerated exploitation of any kind. But this linguistic exploitation has been going on for a while. No longer”, said Comrade Balan, at Trivandrum. However, progressive minds within the state feels that this might only make accents from neighbouring states – TN or Andhra - more popular for ridicule.
Prabhakaran, a social observer at a local teashop, told Utopia “Some of the Tam accents are pretty odd too”
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