English Gaffes found during trip to Kashmir

These are pictures I took during the trip to Kashmir in Summer, 2014. The first one was taken on the drive from Katra to Srinagar. While Ladies is fine, what is Jinds? Some 4th sex?? Supreme court should regularise this one too. The second picture was taken in Pahalgam market. Pastre??? Paties??? I sincerely hopeContinue reading “English Gaffes found during trip to Kashmir”

What’s your passion?

Last night I attended the Tech Day of our Association, ASIRT. This is a monthly affair and we have some one or the other as a guest speaker speaking on soft skills or any other topic which is not directly connected with business. Yesterday was different. We had two speakers from our own fraternity whoContinue reading “What’s your passion?”

It is potable and not portable water…..

This morning (December 28, 2013) I came across this headline in the Business Standard which stood out like a sore thumb. Portable water???? Gimme a break will ya? Potable water means water that is fit or suitable for drinking. The word portable means carried or moved with ease. So get a life proof readers. Spell checkContinue reading “It is potable and not portable water…..”

Grateful and not greatful

Saturday morning and it is time for me explain to Kavya some of her concepts through the worksheets. Today she was doing a crossword puzzle and one of the words to be used was grateful which she spelt as greatful. While I corrected her, she asked me why it wasn’t the other way. As usualContinue reading “Grateful and not greatful”

Another English gaffe

Recently I realised that people mix the words facilitate with felicitate with the former being used oftener. The meaning changes completely…. Facilitate is to make some thing easier such as “I did this so as to facilitate that action….” Felicitate is to honour or congratulate such as “The XYZ felicitated him at the 23rd Meeting….”

English gaffe by Reader’s Digest!!!!

Thanks a lot to Rajeshbhai Kothari for sending me this screen shot. This comes from the Reader’s Digest web site and I personally always recommended this magazine for good English. I used to like Times of India as a child but honestly these days, TOI has the most atrocious grammar being used so much soContinue reading “English gaffe by Reader’s Digest!!!!”