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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 7, 2009 2 Comments
The English Speaking Curse

Soiled burlap sacks and old, foot worn carpets coat the dark cement floor. Tear-shaped mildew patches stain most of the wallspace, and the paint is peeling, crumbly to the touch. There is a hastily constructed altar housing a few Hindu idols on one end of the room, and a Bisleri mineral water bottle stands oddly […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 3, 2009 No Comment
English: One Million Strong?

Somewhere within “five days either side of” April 29th, 2009, the English language will surpass one million words, the Global Language Monitor says, according to the Economist. Really?

Countdown To a Million Words?

Ummm, not so much….the article concludes thusly-yes, thusly:

So…is the 1m-word claim meaningless? Yes, largely. But English does indeed have […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 2, 2009 4 Comments
“Happy New Year 2009”

Happy new year, Didi!” the monkey-cap wearing kids yelled out as I stepped into the children’s study room in the basement of an orphanage. As I smiled at them, I felt the cold cement through the sheer nylon of my stockinged feet. The temperature in the room was little warmer than the 4°C outside, and […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on December 17, 2008 5 Comments

An article in the Telegraph, UK, covers what it calls a “growing backlash” in Germany against the popular trend of appropriating English words into German discourse, or what is called “Denglisch.” An increasingly globalized world, the spread of English-based technology, and a high rate of immigration into the country (there are some 10 […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 14, 2008 No Comment
The L-Word

What’s your favorite word in another language? Why?” asks a prompt on this site. English being an “another language” for me, here’s my favorite word: “Love.” My linguistic history with the word has been a long one, probably going back two and a half decades, though I did not ever utter it to another person […]

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