Corrections & Clarifications

Corrections and Clarifications — August 6, 2015

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,>>A few early morning callers were sceptical whether The Hindu got its spelling right in the Editorial page article, “ >Lethal lottery or just deserts?” (August 5, 2015). “Isn’t it just desserts?” they wondered.

The correct spelling is indeed just deserts, which means “what one deserves or merits” – usually punishment. Because it’s spoken with the stress on the second syllable – just deserts – many writers infer the spelling desserts, a familiar word pronounced the same way. Ref: Oxford dictionary entry: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/deserts ; plural noun: what a person deserves with regard to reward or (more usually) punishment.

>> The reference to the International Day of Yoga as July 21 in the front page report, “ >Govt. orders all officers to turn up for Modi’s I-Day address” (some editions, August 5, 2015), is wrong. It should have been June 21.

>>The caption of the photograph that accompanied the story on Buzz Aldrin’s travel bill (Life page, August 5, 2015) said: “Buzz Aldrin walking on the surface of the moon on July 16, 1969.” It was early morning, Indian Standard Time, July 21, 1969. The Hindu’s front page story of July 21, 1969, “Two Men Leave Footprints on Moon”, referred to U.S. astronauts – Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin – as “the first men to leave their footprints on the dusty, rocky surface of the moon where they landed in the Lunar Module Eagle at 1-47 a.m. (IST) to-day.”

>>It is National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah). The Editorial, “ >Breakthrough in Nagaland” (August 5, 2015), and the front page report, “Centre inks peace accord with Naga insurgent outfit” (August 4, 2015) referred to the outfit as Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah).

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