Language and the lawn: Don’t ban it; make it seriously un-cool

by Rashmee

Posted on June 1, 2015


Language can accomplish things that the law cannot. Accordingly, consider this. Lawns don’t deserve to …

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Unknown knowns: Is it good that the language of science is English?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 26, 2015


Michael D Gordin, a historian of modern science at Princeton has a great piece …

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Known unknowns: Lablabi, the soup-stew that sounds like it tastes

by Rashmee

Posted on May 22, 2015


When I heard about Lablabi, the Tunisian chickpea and bread soupy stew, it seemed one …

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Unknown knowns: Euphemism & China’s thought controllers?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 19, 2015


China calls its internet police “public opinion analysts”. You’ve got to love it – this …

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Unknown knowns: Doesn’t trust deficit just mean dishonest?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 16, 2015


Is Hillary Clinton honest enough to be president? The Washington Post posed the question in …

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Unknown knowns: Is Indian racism only about the ‘habshi’ word?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 11, 2015


Reshmi Dasgupta, my former colleague from the Times’ group of newspapers, recently wrote an interesting …

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Unknown knowns: The lack of clarity on Grexit and eurozone policy

by Rashmee

Posted on May 10, 2015


The language of common sense is not about whether you speak English or French. This …

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Unknown knowns: Rishi Sunak, MP, & Richmond’s many words for ‘racism’

by Rashmee

Posted on May 9, 2015


Somewhat unnoticed in the hubbub of the British election, has been the Conservative Party’s sincere …

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Unknown knowns: Bloomberg’s Cameron vote had many dying metaphors

by Rashmee

Posted on May 8, 2015


One day after the British election and I can’t help but recall Michael Bloomberg’s championship …

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Unknown knowns: UKIP’s Nigel Farage ‘confidence & supply’ a con?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 6, 2015


One day to the British election and here’s a simply marvelous (and what’s more, new) …

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK