Upto

Despite attempts by the Times of India group to change the English language, there is no such word as “upto”. It is two words, “up to”. Don’t believe it? Grab your trusty dictionary (provided that it wasn’t published by the … Continue reading

Alphabets or letters?

The alphabet is a collection of letters, e.g. The English/Roman/Latin alphabet contains 26 letters. Incorrect: “Marathi uses the Devanagari script and contains 52 alphabets.” Correct: “The Marathi alphabet uses the Devanagari script and contains 52 letters.” Here is a typical … Continue reading

Is absconding

Only in India are criminals still absconding; everywhere else, they have absconded or are at large. Confused? Google this phrase “is absconding” (in quotes). The writers are nearly always from India or in India. Here is a recent article that … Continue reading

Comment or कमेन्ट?

Another common mispronunciation (मिसप्रोंन्सीऐशन) Incorrect: कमेन्ट Correct: कॉमेन्ट (Emphasis in bold) The “co” has a कॉ sound, not क. Isn’t English confusing? 🙂

Develop, developer, development

This is a commonly mispronounced set of words among the IT community in India. Develop Incorrect: डेवलप डेवलोप (emphasis in bold) Correct: डिवेलप (all syllables with equal emphasis) Developer Incorrect: डेवलपर डेवलोपर (emphasis in bold) Correct: डिवेलपर (all syllables with … Continue reading