A friendly clerk asked me for my name which is apt to start a conversation with, “What is your good name?” As if I hold that sort of information close to my heart. These are Indianisms. They are grammatical errors in English language that are very common in India. We will be covering some of these in the following issues of Tip of the Month. One of the most common one is given below:-

‘Kindly revert back’

One common mistake we make is using the word revert to mean reply or respond.

I will revert back to you shortly.

The word revert itself means to return to a previous subject or condition. So the insertion of the word back in the sentence is incorrect.

The correct thing to say is : I will revert to you shortly.