Select Page

amusing abbreviations

I came across the abbreviation MEXT, which stands for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. You expect the abbreviation to be MECSST. Someone was ingenious, thought MECSST was boring, and suggested MEXT – the way MECSST will be...

it is “-er” always

Everyone aware of the US/UK variant in spellings is well aware that words ending in “-er” in US spelling end in “-re” in UK spelling. For example, “fiber” and “fibre”; “titer” and “titre”. One...

need copyeditors

In his blog Ask the Agent, Andy Ross interviewed Mary Norris of the New Yorker. In a comment, one Ravikumar, apparently from my state, Tamil Nadu,  lamented that “we publish hundreds of weeklies and thousands of books every year. but there is no copy editor...

inebriated? is it not drunken?

A PTI (Press Trust of India) news item read in The Hindu begins thus: Two girls, suspected to have been in an inebriated condition, lost control over their vehicle and rammed into a motorbike, in a high-security area of the city Read the piece here. Why would you want...