Handle with care
Roger E. Axtell
relates an interesting tale of translation: "An educator
from the US was in Japan and working through a translator. He
said to his Japanese hosts that he was "tickled to
death" to be visiting them. At this, his hosts looked
confused. Later, he learnt that his interpreter had said in
Japanese that he had "scratched himself until he died"
in order to visit them."
When you need
to appear for any examination that demands writing answers
within a specific time-frame, make sure you have covered these
steps much in advance: one, researched past years papers and
made a list of possible questions, two, written down the answers
to each question, three, kept the time allotted in mind while
collecting material to frame answers and four, discussed every
aspect of your subject with teachers and classmates. Teaching
and learning are not enough; you MUST devote time to writing in
order to score well. The most articulate of people remain poor
at writing just because the curriculum leaves writing practice
to the teacher’s discretion.
the word ‘blog’ remains at the heart of activity. Coined in
the last decade of the 20th century, this blend of ‘web’ and
‘log’ has created offshoots like ‘moblog’ and ‘phlog’,
words that refer to sharing photos, sometimes via mobile phones.
Just as the blog became the cyber-diary, the ‘plog’ is the
politician’s blog and the ‘vlog’ is the video shared in a
blog. The latest to join this series is the ‘life stream’
— a continuous digital record of a person’s life on the
internet that works as a virtual home and acts as a
three-dimensional online identity.
The word ‘female’ has
reached the slide of the politically correct microscope. So, you
can’t say "Most females want to continue their careers
after getting married" as you would surely offend somebody
and lose a lot of friends. "Women" is the right choice
here. "Female" is used mainly in the scientific or
technical field as in "The male birds are mostly more
colorful than the female".