October 25, 2011
What is the difference between ‘graveyard' and ‘cemetery'?
(R. Bharath, Chennai)
Though these two words are used interchangeably to refer to a place where pe...
October 10, 2011
How is the word ’schadenfreude’ pronounced?
(V. Vishal, Delhi) The ‘scha' in this word of German origin is like the ‘shar' in ‘sharp' and ‘shark', while the ‘e' in the se...
October 3, 2011
What is the meaning and origin of ‘Who is going to bell the cat'?
(G. Aditya, Hyderabad)
This relatively old idiom means to perform a dangerous or a risky task. When you a...
September 26, 2011
What is the meaning and origin of ‘sit below the salt'?
(Dheeraj Kumar, Kanpur)
This rather old-fashioned expression is used to refer to a person of very low status. An in...
September 20, 2011
The article “Stingy texts in vogue, God save the English language!” (Sept. 18) should open the eyes of all those who misuse the English language while utilising the SMS facility in cellphones. »
September 12, 2011
Wearing a headset, S. Priyadarshini a Class XII student, strains her ears to recognise the word she hears, and asks for its meaning. “An official policy of racial segregation formerly practised in...
September 6, 2011
A manual on the style and grammar of Kashmiri language was released here by the University of Kashmir.
“The manual is significant from the research point of view. It will go a long way in...
August 30, 2011
Coinciding with the 149th birth anniversary of renowned Telugu linguist Gidugu Ramamurthy Pantulu, the Telugu Language Day was celebrated at the Prakasam Bhavan on Monday. Joint Collector P...
August 25, 2011
Here’s something for your Twitter feed - “Tweet” has earned a spot in the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary. Used as both a noun and a verb, the word describing a post made on the on...
August 24, 2011
Tips on where to articulate in a conversation
October 15, 2011
Kannada Development Authority Chairman “Mukhyamantri” Chandru said the State government should make Kannada a compulsory subject between classes 1 and 5 in all schools. “Such a decision should be...
SAVANUR (PUTTUR TALUK),
October 8, 2011
Tulu should be accepted as an administrative language at the local-level, visiting Professor at Wurzburg University B.A. Viveka Rai said here on Friday.Prof. Rai was speaking at the Akhila...
September 27, 2011
During ancient times, languages without script were not deemed secondary, as is being done now, according to G.N. Devy, Professor at Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Tech...
September 20, 2011
What is the meaning and origin of ‘Soapy Sam'?
(Rakesh Sharma, Chandigarh)
This is an expression that is mostly used to show disapproval. When you label someone ‘Soapy Sam', you...
September 17, 2011
You aren't going to get a Nobel prize for spelling words the way they are; yes, but you aren't going to get a prize for omitting letters either.
September 11, 2011
The State Government is committed to implementing Kannada as the administrative language in the High Court by making amendments to the law, Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs S. Suresh Ku...
September 3, 2011
It will be for the 45 unaided pathashalas
August 29, 2011
Did the Tamil-Brahmi script originate in the post-Asokan period, that is, after the 3rd century BCE, or is it pre-Asokan? A cist-burial excavated in 2009 at Porunthal village, on the foothills of...
August 25, 2011
At a meeting of diplomats, a few minutes before a dignitary from a foreign country delivers his speech, a discreet figure walks up to him and whispers in his ear, “Your speech would require 30 min...
August 4, 2011
The Tamil University can contribute significantly for research in linguistics, said K. Karunakaran, former Vice Chancellor, Tamil University, here on Thursday. Inaugurating a national semin...