Sunday, March 05, 2006

more linguish {last post in thread}

The either ... or construct accomodates exactly two entities. Nothing more, nothing less. It's either two or none. Get it? So sentences leaking with dangling appendages to this construct are shameful: you can have either apples or oranges or mangoes. A Rediff ode to the musical[sic] talents[sic] of chhoTaa B contains another example of the crime: t is unlikely that the new rap will fit into either of these three, so let's wait for more news of Bollywood's coolest rapper.. I wonder if they've got programmers as proof-readers; after all, writing switch-case blocks can get to you ...

Joginder Tuteja should file a for patent on the most egregious abuse of the word capitulate. Consider the review of the soundtrack for the #me starrer Jawani Diwani (which qualifies for titular abuse, but that's another post). We have the fragment Though the singing is fine, the song lacks the fire that could capitulate it to the top of the charts. And if you thought that was just a freak occurrence, try the reviews of the soundtracks of 99.9 FM: Nothing is 100% (nice compilation; what happened to the movie?) and Chanda ki Doli. To capitulate has nothing to do with elevating something to the height of a cap ... so cap it!

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