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Old 11th September 2014, 00:08   #2146
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I fear the thread is broken already. I wonder if writers in Hindi, Tamil and other languages write the same nonsense, or if they manage a higher standard?
I suspect it is happening everywhere, it is even worse. I recently picked up a Kannada weekly [Sudha Magazine], and was shocked to see content mostly in English, written in Kannada script.

I took this small AD content from their e-magazine. What I have marked in red, are the Kannada words. Rest are English words written in Kannada script.

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Old 16th September 2014, 11:35   #2147
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@Samurai: It was Sanskrt once, it's English now. Elitism is strong as usual.
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Old 10th October 2014, 03:57   #2148
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Curious though it may seem, when stuff goes wrong, it conks out, not off.

Also, pulling the plug on something has entirely negative connotations (ie switching it off) and does not mean deciding to buy something. The correct phrase is pulling the trigger.

Yes, I know, that sounds pretty negative too, as in deciding to kill a new TV, but hey, that's English for you
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Waterlogging, despite my spellchecker and Wikipedia, is one word. It is not water logging, which is the sort of thing that a person who is in charge of a reservoir or sluice gate might do: log water.
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Here's another one that annoys me. It is not a typical Indian misuse, just a ridiculous nonsense that has got lapped up from some ridiculous Americans...

From the Desk of the CEO.

Really? When did furniture start talking, writing, or running the company? What utter male cow excrement!
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Break vs Brake.
Guess where, of all places, these are still used in each others place?
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Guess where, of all places, these are still used in each others place?
The forums of course.

The same goes with then vs. than. Eg. Checked out the Ciaz in flesh the other day and turns out, the City is better then the Ciaz.
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Break and brake is one of my regular misspellings.

I'm moderately good at English usage, having been brought up to it, and having done quite a lot of reading, but I never claim to be good at spelling it!
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Break and brake is one of my regular misspellings.
I used to have a similar-ish problem : THEIR or THIER ??

... until someone told me, it's spelled like THE with the IR added on to the end. That fixed me forever.

Here is me, trying to fix you, Thad:

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I used to have a similar-ish problem : THEIR or THIER ??

... until someone told me, it's spelled like THE with the IR added on to the end. That fixed me forever.

Here is me, trying to fix you, Thad:

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Good example. If you press that too hard, it will break!
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Use your breaks to stop before you step on the rake and brake it?

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the City is better then the Ciaz.
The city is better, then the Ciaz is betterer and then the Verna is the betterest!!

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Good example. If you press that too hard, it will break!
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Use your breaks to stop before you step on the rake and brake it?

Stepping on it will not break the rake - it will break your head. Don't you guys watch Tom & Jerry?

If you do a search for the word 'then' or 'there' here, 90% of the time it would have been used in place of than/their!!
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The city is better, then the Ciaz is betterer and then the Verna is the betterest!!
Tut tut, it is 'bestest', not 'betterest'.
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Tut tut, it is 'bestest', not 'betterest'.
I thought it would be gooder, but none of them is gooderest. Goodererer, then bestest.
I'm losing myself.
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Stepping on it will not break the rake - it will break your head. Don't you guys watch Tom & Jerry?
In those days, rakes were made of steel, and yes, I learnt the lesson the hard way! I still remember my father telling me off and saying that a person can loose an eye because of a rake left on the ground. Now they are plastic and the just bend. But I still won't leave a rake like that.

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If you do a search for the word 'then' or 'there' here, 90% of the time it would have been used in place of than/their!!
With its/its and there/their, I know and understand which is right --- but I still often type the wrong one. I don't understand what causes this brain/fingers disconnect <Blush>
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Tut tut, it is 'bestest', not 'betterest'.
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I thought it would be gooder, but none of them is gooderest. Goodererer, then bestest.
I'm losing myself.
You guys need to learn about adjectivist comparativisation at superlatation
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