QUEENS ENGLISH

  • Fiscal cliff, guru among words that should retire in 2013 January 1, 2013

    London: Fiscal cliff, guru and spoiler alert are among words that should be removed from the vocabulary in 2013, according to a group of US academics. Michigan's Lake Superior State University (LSSU) have released their '38th Annual List of Words to be Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse...
  • Bol Bachchan: 5 deadly aftereffects of bad jokes July 9, 2012

    New Delhi: When Amitabh Bachchan says he "can walk Engliss", "talk Engliss", and "laugh Engliss" you tend to forgive him. Not because English is a very funny language, but his job interview with Ranjit in Namak Halal is one of most heartwarmingly amusing scenes scripted in Hindi cinema. But...
  • Word warriors vanquish 'viral,' eradicate 'epic' December 31, 2010

    Detroit: It's official: Viral went viral, and now it's been virtually vaporized. Michigan's Lake Superior State University features the term linked to popular online video clips in its annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness. The 2011 list, compiled by the...
  • 'Awesome' stuff 'go missing' in '06 January 4, 2007

    New Delhi: "Healthy food" is now banned. And if your nextdoor neighbour still "boasts" of the "awesome" stuff that he keeps at home, don't forget to tell him he is pass now. Similarly, expect things like "Gitmo", "now playing in theaters", "we're pregnant", "search", "truthiness" and even...