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The English language’s millionth word arrived this week – and sadly it is neither Slumdog nor Jai Ho. Not even Chuddies.
The millionth word, disappointingly, is Web 2.0 – something that’s probably spun by new generation spiders.
But I am surprised that English has only around a million words in its kitty. I was pretty confident that my personal vocabulary held more than a million English words.
Or maybe I misunderestimated.
June 12, 2009 No Comments
There are a list of words waiting to be offcially included into the lexicon. And as last year, they reflect the money-woes and the rapid rise of social networking. Here’s a sample of the new words:
Social notworking : Surfing a social networking site instead of working. Also: social not-working.
—social notworker n.
So all you Facebook and Orkuters who spend your office hours surfing these sites and this blog – you will soon have an official word to decribe yourself.
There are more:
Defriend: v. To remove a person from one’s list of friends on a social networking site. Also: de-friend.
Staycation n. A stay-at-home vacation. Also: stay-cation.
Recessionista n. A person who dresses stylishly on a tight budget.
I wonder if next year we could see a word like Satyamised.
January 13, 2009 2 Comments
DNA India pulls out a study out of thin air and warns us that the day isn’t far away when the world will have no men. Nor beer, nor football.
Researchers believe that the Y chromosome, which is vital for the production of a male offspring, is getting depleted in every new generation of the male species. It points out that there will be a change of 10 per cent in the fertility of men in new generations to come.
Now this scenario has made me extremely curious. I wonder who the women will curse, blame, argue with and throw the rolling pins at?
December 20, 2008 4 Comments
The widely reported and much welcomed shoe-throwing incident at George W. Bush has already inspired an Internet flash based game – where you get a chance to hit the prez with a brown shoe. And it’s called Sock and Awe.
Interestingly, the site which has received millions of hits – has the highest number of shoe-throwers from USA, France, Australia and then followed by UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Given the fact that everyone in belonging to the Mumbai’s elite and the media has monetised the terror attack, I am surprised that nobody has released the Terror at Taj video game yet.
“The terrorists are holed up at the Taj hotel in Mumbai and you are among the special forces who have to raid the hotel rooms–hunting down the terrorists and hostages.”
Aah, I should have filed a patent for this, instead of blogging it. How stupid of me.
December 18, 2008 1 Comment
The Times of India has released its Love and Sex Horoscope for 2009, imaginatively titled Love-o-scope - written by experts from Astroyogi and Ganesha Speaks. Check out a few samples:
Revamp your daily schedule to find more time for sex. Prolonged foreplay helps in feeling the depth of love making.
Getting intimate with someone other than your partner causes trouble.
Sexual bliss lies in seeking variety. Right from positions to places – a change is what you want. Adventure in open places helps in enjoying togetherness.
Food can be your way to pleasure. If a balanced diet keeps you healthy, gorging on aphrodisiacs will spark up the sex front!
Change the way you make love. Don’t hurry-up. Go for enough foreplay to excite your partner. Don’t miss a chance to exchange a sweet dialouge during love making. Showering your partner with gifts won’t be a bad option, especially gadgets that are related to communication like CDs, cell phones etc.
Now, I know my new year resolution for 2009. Celibacy.
December 18, 2008 2 Comments
There’s a life-sized replica of the Taj Mahal being built in Bangladesh and the Indian officials are fuming.
India’s embassy in Bangladesh on Wednesday voiced its displeasure over a life-size copy of the Taj Mahal, saying it would investigate to see if any copyright laws had been breached.
“You can’t just go and copy historical monuments,” fumed a spokesman at the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.
Well, maybe they can replicate the Taj Mahal – but they surely can’t replicate the pollution in the Yamuna. Nor the factories that let off fumes in Agra. Nor Mayawati.
December 16, 2008 3 Comments