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Oxford Languages' 2020 Word of the Year: An unprecedented choice that highlights linguistic effect of COVID-19 on English
Arts & Culture

Oxford Languages' 2020 Word of the Year: An unprecedented choice that highlights linguistic effect of COVID-19 on English

The 2020 report does highlight some zippy new coinages, like 'Blursday' (which captures the way the week blends together), 'covidiots' (you know who you are) and 'doomscrolling' (who, me?). But mostly, it underlines how the pandemic has utterly dominated public conversation, and given us a new collective vocabulary almost overnight.

What the epidemic of poor writing across media highlights about the vital role of editing
Arts & Culture

What the epidemic of poor writing across media highlights about the vital role of editing

We have always taken the English language and made it work for us, in an admirably jugaad-filled manner. Now, the lines are blurred. It's good writing vs appalling writing, and bad editing plays a major part in the latter.

Extraction movie review: Chris Hemsworth's Netflix film marries Hollywood grandeur with localised aesthetics
Entertainment

Extraction movie review: Chris Hemsworth's Netflix film marries Hollywood grandeur with localised aesthetics

Extraction embraces linguistic and ethnic diversity but fails to be a true-blue 'global' film by giving most of the Indian actors the shorter end of the stick.

United Nations marks English Language Day on 23 April, the birth and death anniversary of William Shakespeare
India

United Nations marks English Language Day on 23 April, the birth and death anniversary of William Shakespeare

According to the United Nations, English is one of the organisation’s two working languages, along with French. It has become the lingua franca in international relations for United Nations.

Minority languages suffer from institutional neglect, biases as Indian govt saves its focus for 'classical languages'
Opinion

Minority languages suffer from institutional neglect, biases as Indian govt saves its focus for 'classical languages'

Minority languages suffer from institutional neglect since India’s states, founded on the principle of linguistic nationalism, view these languages with suspicion. The Central Government, on the other hand, saves its focus for English and Hindi, the undeserving recipient of nationwide propagation.

Maharashtra govt considering to make Marathi language compulsory subject till Class 10, says Deputy CM Ajit Pawar
India

Maharashtra govt considering to make Marathi language compulsory subject till Class 10, says Deputy CM Ajit Pawar

'We all live in Maharashtra and every child should read and write Marathi properly', said Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar

Andhra Pradesh govt to amend AP Education Act 1982, proposes English as medium of instruction for Classes 1 to 6 in all state schools
India

Andhra Pradesh govt to amend AP Education Act 1982, proposes English as medium of instruction for Classes 1 to 6 in all state schools

Andhra Pradesh government is bringing in a Bill to give a legal shield to the proposal for conversion of all schools in the state to the English medium of instruction

As the Apostrophe Protection Society shuts down, a linguist expert imagines grammar without the 'much abused' punctuation
Life

As the Apostrophe Protection Society shuts down, a linguist expert imagines grammar without the 'much abused' punctuation

A supermarket or online apostrophe might come packaged in a jumbled set of other punctuation marks with no guidance as to how to use them – whereas a genuine APS apostrophe will come with its own provenance and will be made to fit precisely the context for which it is needed.

Watch: Class 12 Kerala student translates Rahul Gandhi's speech from English to Malayalam; wins over internet
India

Watch: Class 12 Kerala student translates Rahul Gandhi's speech from English to Malayalam; wins over internet

Gandhi was inaugurating a science lab in a school in his parliamentary constituency Wayanad on Thursday and asked students to volunteer for translating his speech from English to Malayalam when Safa Sebin, a Class 12 student stepped up

Andhra Pradesh shouldn't oppose Jagan Mohan Reddy’s push for English; its role in South's growth story is well-documented
Politics

Andhra Pradesh shouldn't oppose Jagan Mohan Reddy’s push for English; its role in South's growth story is well-documented

When India liberalised its economy in the 1990s, due to an English-speaking culture, the south was in a better position to reap the benefits of an era that saw a spectacular rise of India's entrepreneurial class

'Why only Gujarati?': Mamata Banerjee says JEE (Mains) must be conducted in all regional languages, warns of protests
India

'Why only Gujarati?': Mamata Banerjee says JEE (Mains) must be conducted in all regional languages, warns of protests

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday criticised the Centre for adding Gujarati as a medium for the JEE (Mains) and asked why all other regional languages, including Bengali, should not be included as well

Lionheart, Nigeria's first-ever entry at Oscars, disqualified by The Academy for its predominantly English dialogue
Entertainment

Lionheart, Nigeria's first-ever entry at Oscars, disqualified by The Academy for its predominantly English dialogue

Lionheart helmer Genevieve Nnaji and filmmaker Ava DuVernay have criticised The Academy's decision to drop Lionheart from their International Feature Film category.

Hong Kong protests: Opposition lawmakers dragged from legislative chamber as city leader Carrie Lam heckled for second day
World

Hong Kong protests: Opposition lawmakers dragged from legislative chamber as city leader Carrie Lam heckled for second day

Pro-democracy lawmakers were dragged out of Hong Kong's legislature by security guards on Thursday after they heckled the city's pro-Beijing leader for a second day running

Hong Kong's pro-Beijing chief exec Carrie Lam abandons policy speech after being heckled by Opposition lawmakers
World

Hong Kong's pro-Beijing chief exec Carrie Lam abandons policy speech after being heckled by Opposition lawmakers

Hong Kong's embattled leader abandoned a State of the Union-style speech on Wednesday after she was heckled by rowdy opposition lawmakers during chaotic scenes inside the city's legislature

US House of Representatives passes Hong Kong 'Democracy Act'; bill aims to defend civil rights in semi-autonomous territory
World

US House of Representatives passes Hong Kong 'Democracy Act'; bill aims to defend civil rights in semi-autonomous territory

The US House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday sought by pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong that aims to defend civil rights in the semi-autonomous territory, prompting an angry response from China

Hong Kong protests: Pro-Beijing chief exec Carrie Lam set to unveil new policies after four months of unrest
World

Hong Kong protests: Pro-Beijing chief exec Carrie Lam set to unveil new policies after four months of unrest

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam will unveil a closely watched State of the Union-style speech Wednesday aimed at winning hearts and minds after four months of seething pro-democracy protests

Hong Kong gears up for pro-democracy rally today after weekend protests turn violent as city shows no sign of letting up
World

Hong Kong gears up for pro-democracy rally today after weekend protests turn violent as city shows no sign of letting up

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists plan a rally on Monday evening after another weekend of unrest that saw protesters hurl petrol bombs and police reply with tear gas and rubber bullets

Hong Kong protests: Carrie Lam says Chinese military could step in if situation gets worse, reiterates plea for peaceful negotiations
World

Hong Kong protests: Carrie Lam says Chinese military could step in if situation gets worse, reiterates plea for peaceful negotiations

Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam warned that the Chinese military could step in if an uprising for democratic reforms that have rocked the city for months 'becomes so bad'.

'Bear consequences for your actions': Chinese soldiers issue warning to Hong Kong protesters
World

'Bear consequences for your actions': Chinese soldiers issue warning to Hong Kong protesters

Chinese soldiers issued a warning to Hong Kong protesters on Sunday who shone lasers at their barracks in the city.

Shashi Tharoor backs Narendra Modi’s language challenge, tweets ‘pluralism’ in English, Hindi, Malayalam
Politics

Shashi Tharoor backs Narendra Modi’s language challenge, tweets ‘pluralism’ in English, Hindi, Malayalam

Endorsing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's suggestion of all Indians learning one word a day in any Indian language, Congress party Shashi Tharoor on Friday said the move is a 'departure from Hindi dominance'