Writing with vitriol: Donald Sterling is an Idiot, but is he a Racist?

This opinion piece I read elsewhere today,  is the perfect example of what a pen dipped in vitriol spews.  That doesn’t mean I don’t like the corner this writer is in.  I too loathe anti-Semitism,  especially because it brings to mind the numbing accounts of undoubtedly the most maniacal and crazed homo-sapien (can’t call him…

Pretentious obscure language in a story in ‘The Hindu’!

Aah pretentious, bloody confused gobbledy gook, this paragraph from a story in ‘The Hindu’! … Reads like a failed lawyer’s nitpicking, nit-wit clerk drafted this potful of barf! And I quote: “A long tradition of binding the collective to standards that keep it from being on a par with a common criminal has grown not…

A punster’s delight

You may have read this, but it’s hilarious, and plain off the net. I don’t know the source, but it is so delightful a piece of work, that if you know, love and revel in the English language, and if you haven’t read this before, you’re in for a treat!  I know that my two…

Lang-woes: iDiva’s strange intro

Divas imply upmarket, right? Upmarket implies literate, right? Well read? Ergo, grammatical. Well, the Times of India Mumbai’s Response supplement iDiva has someone at the desk who’s got a bit mixed up. Here’s what I mean.  In its front page lead entitled ‘The Curious Case of Kiran Rao’. The intro the the interview reads: “Shy,…

Errors in English newspapers

LanguEdge: Common Errors in English newspapers

I subscribe to the Times of India, DNA, Hindustan Times, Economic Times, and Mid-Day, with Mumbai Mirror too landing up as a free sidekick of the TOI. This isn’t at all a discourse on good or bad journalism. Nor is it a look at how different in their action these publications actually are from what the vision their respective managements proclaim drives them. This is just an exchange of views about my perception of correct or incorrect usage of English.

Does the TOI really have scant regard for editorial integrity?

If the reading public is so disgusted with Medianet, why is the TOI still ruling the roost in Mumbai in terms of both, circulation and revenues-and-profitability? If people are indeed crying themselves hoarse that the TOI Group is dumbing down content, I want to know how. If having user-friendly graphic narratives of the high points of each important story within the body is considered dumbing down of content, give me such convenient browsers any day, and I like the way the TOI presents its stories. Yes, there are occasional grammatical errors in stories and headlines; that happens across newspapers, though it really shouldn’t. But story-for-story, I find that in backdrop of the incessantly breaking news on live news television, the net, sms alerts and what-have-you, the news sense of the TOI Mumbai stands up to scrutiny in its choice of lead stories, and ends up creating a good, well presented print browser of the past 24 hours.