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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 hope they don’t botch up spellings on the Birthday cake like this.

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What’s your passion?

Pursue Your PassionLast 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 who decided to pursue their passion and no they did not stop doing the business they were doing. Atul Khatri went on to become the famous stand up comedian and NO before you ask, his speech wasn’t his comedy, which by the way he says is very serious business. Arvind Singh is deep into birding and the pictures he shared were exhilarating. Their personal journey as described by them was something that I am sure would make each one of us think.

I was thinking what was my passion? I love writing and that explains my blogging even if I may not enjoy the clout of followers. I write what comes to mind and somehow words just flow. If I try to write the blog in more than one sitting, I end up leaving it mid way. This was demonstrated a few months ago when I decided to share my experience of the holiday in Bhutan in November, 2013. A 9 day journey and I described Day 1 and then saved it as a Draft never to revisit it. So I try to keep the blog short and sweet with the sole intention of completing it in one shot. Mind you I am grammar and spelling freak so am most excited to share glaring errors that I spot (and I make good use of the camera in the phone). My passion for writing hopefully will rub off on Kavya too as I have got her started on her blog and yesterday was her report day in school. It was heartening to know that her teacher loved reading her essays and usage of correct grammar.

My other passion? I joined Toastmasters last year just to hone my public speaking skills (not that I had any in comparison with the biggies out there). I honestly wasn’t aware of what to expect but now I feel it extends my love for writing as I get to write my own speeches (only 2 given so far 🙂 but work in progress). I also get a chance to take up different roles including timer who times all speeches and the one I love the most if being the grammarian of the day. As a grammarian you have to be a very good listener and note down good usage of English coupled with the not so good usage (They encourage you every step of the way so no usage is termed as bad). The journey has been a fun ride.

Aside of these two, I love teaching my daughter. As a parent, I don’t want to get her to the answer on a platter. I therefore make it a point to ask her probing questions which I think would lead her to the answer. That way she too challenges me and has proved me wrong once in an English spelling. I simply was floored by her reaction as she had then asked me “Challenge?” And the overconfident me had said yes. She then went in and got the Standard Oxford Dictionary and held it on my face. I was at a loss for words as she was giggling away. I had to admit it publicly on Facebook and my sister in the US called me up and said “You’ve met your match”. Yes I am glad to have lost to Kavya and I do hope someday she reads this post too as also the others that I have written over the past 5 years (and maybe come up with spelling / grammatical mistakes).

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When will we ever learn to spell Tuition?

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This picture was taken on March 11, 2014 when the car was waiting at a red light. Again the spelling of Tuition is wrong. And this group supposedly teaches IGCSE, ICSE etc. I wonder what the kids learn!!!

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Another English gaffe

20140126-181702.jpgJust clicked this picture outside an ATM of Dena Bank in Gamdevi. I truly “REGRATE” having taken such a picture:-)

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It is potable and not portable water…..

photoThis 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 check still can’t replace the human brain. Wake up copywriters.

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Grateful and not greatful

gratefulSaturday 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 usual Google came to my rescue and this is what I found:

“Grateful” is one of the most commonly misspelled words in the English language. Part of the confusion comes from the spelling of “grate.” Common sense might dictate that the beginning of the word would properly be spelled “G-R-E-A-T,” but this is not the case, and “greatful” is not a word at all.

The etymology of the word “grateful” dates back to the middle of the 16th century, and is derived from the expression “full of gratitude,” which is still the meaning used today. The strange spelling of the word comes from the archaic adjective “grate,” meaning “thankful” or “agreeable.” However, even though that definition of the word “grate” is no longer used in modern English, the word “grateful” still remains.

I am grateful to Kavya and Google of course for making me understand why it was spelt the way it was.

Link to the source

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Another English gaffe

Facilitate-vs-FelicitateRecently 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….”