Category Archives: Etcetera

‘Don’t believe everything in the newspapers’

And what better way to start the new year than with a neat poem? SHIVANAND KANAVI forwards a poem written by his father, the  Kannada poet Chennaveera Kanavi, during the 1970s—“either during the Emergency or just after”—that has an eerie resonance in 2009, thanks to the speedy despatch of footwear by an Iraqi journalist to…

Self-important humourless autofellating ass hats

Scott Adams, fellow blogger and the creator of the amazing Dilbert, has a lovely post on SHAAHs—Self-important, Humourless, Autofellating, Ass Hats—who misunderstand him and then get very angry about their misunderstandings. “Unlike most pundit-types, I don’t have a heavy investment in being right. I like to propose a line of reasoning and see what people…

A brief (but not necessarily easy) quiz-I

John Simon said, “A person who misuses the language is as bereft of good taste as someone who picks his nose at a party.” In that spirit, below are some sentences with common grammar and punctuation problems that trouble many people, least of all reporters and sub-editors.Can you spot the problems? 1) If I was…