The future of English in India
- Farewell to the queen's English. // Alberta Report / Newsmagazine;3/6/95, Vol. 22 Issue 12, p31
Reports on the efforts of India to rid itself of the Victorian English that still pervades government forms, business documents and everyday speech. Sampling of the convoluted use of the language; Plain-language campaign to attract foreign investment.
- Trick lingo. // BMX Plus;Feb1990, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p23
Presents an humorous compilation of the slang dialect spoken by avid BMXers and freestylers, with sample sentences and terms categorized by their appropriate synonyms. Examples include bad: bogus, cheesy, hatin' it, lame and weak; Difficult: hairy or sick; Clothes: duds or garb.
- In Quebec, English speakers sprinkle in a little French. Langan, Fred // Christian Science Monitor;10/22/97, Vol. 89 Issue 229, p15
Looks at Quebec-English, the language used by Quebec's English population that has been classified as a separate dialect, according to the `Oxford Guide to Canadian English Usage.' The three accents of Quebec-English; Examples of some of the words added to the lexicon. INSET: A short glossary...
- The sentence doctor. // PHC Profit Report;10/01/96, Vol. 4 Issue 19, p6
Comments on the use of needless qualifiers such as `just,' `really' and somewhat' in the English language.
- Fairness. P.V.F. // Country Journal;Jul/Aug91, Vol. 18 Issue 4, p10
Considers the difference between the words fair and equal. Uses the examples of a child's Little League game and of property taxes.
- Of many things. G.W.H. // America;1/30/1993, Vol. 168 Issue 3, p2
Reviews the book `I've Got Goose Pimples: Our Great Expressions and How They Came to Be,' by Marvin Vanoni. The realization that many of our turns of phrase began as vividly dramatic cartoons; Includes phrases like `to talk turkey'; `Nick of time'; `Skeleton in the closet'; More; Details.
- Of many things. G.W.H. // America;2/27/1993, Vol. 168 Issue 7, p2
Discusses some examples in `Heavens to Betsy! and Other Curious Sayings.' Included are `To take 40 winks,' `Whipping boy,' `Beat the living daylights out of someone'; Origins; Details.
- Of many things. G.W.H. // America;4/17/1993, Vol. 168 Issue 13, p2
Ponders the origins of certain food words or phrases. John B. Jacobson's `Eatioms'; `Don't care a fig,' literally means a fig-shower or police informer; To be placed `below the salt' meant one was socially inferior; More.
- What's in a word. Gambaccini, P. // Runner's World;Mar92, Vol. 27 Issue 3, p50
Recaps the history and uses of the word `marathon.' Pheidippides legendary course from the Plains of Marathon to the Athens city gates 2,500 years ago; The marathon uses of marathon in contexts that have little or nothing to do with running; Commercial uses of the word marathon; Poets use of...
- Endangered species. Schorr, Daniel // New Leader;2/8/93, Vol. 76 Issue 3, p5
Discusses terms that are no longer considered linguistically correct. The secondary meaning of the word `zoo'; Sadness at seeing words falling out of favor; `Gay' and `closet' now having charged meanings; `Lobby' and `welfare' taking on political dimensions; `Correct' and `politically correct';...