Friday, September 24, 2010

Did they claim the Jnanpith awards?

 Mahesh Vijapurkar points out:

Reporting the announcement of the Jnanpith awards to Malayalam litterateur O N V Kurup and Urdu Poet Akhlaq Khan Shahryar, The Hindu on September 25, 2010 used the word 'claim' in its headline Malayalam litterateur O.N.V. Kurup and Urdu poet Akhlaq Khan Shahryar.  

Here the right word would have been to get because even if they had hoped, they would not have claimed it till it was announced and awarded. 'Claim' implies they officially applied for it which they did not. It suggests they demanded something that was their due which in literature and fine arts, is a dishonourable thing to do.

The link to the headline and the story: http://www.hindu.com/2010/09/25/stories/2010092555371200.htm

Friday, September 3, 2010

Building Doors?

Mahesh Vijapurkar points out that a story in The Times of India (Sept. 2, 2010) has stated how K'taka village blessed by saint shuns doors. It says "it is considered a bad omen if one builds doors". Doors are not built, they are put or fixed but houses are built.