Ivanka Trump is a prose poet of jargon. Remember ‘architecting’?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 2, 2019


I was reading Andrew Hill’s excellent piece in the FT about the business jargon that rather clouded corporate thought at the recent Global Peter Drucker Forum in Vienna and suddenly remembered Ivanka Trump. In fact it was a word that the US president’s eldest daughter had used that I remembered. “Architecting,” Ms Trump wrote in her 2017 … Continue reading “Ivanka Trump is a prose poet of jargon. Remember ‘architecting’?”

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Outrage is being weaponised. Think Paxman & Titanic row over Belfast

by Rashmee

Posted on June 17, 2015


Outrage is being “weaponized” say Guy Benson and Mary Katherine Ham, whose new book ‘End of Discussion’ discusses the epidemic of indignation over the slightest of perceived offenses. How? Through Twitter and Facebook and social media lynching, which is subsequently picked up by the dead-tree media and television. Remember Jeremy Paxman and the Northern Ireland … Continue reading “Outrage is being weaponised. Think Paxman & Titanic row over Belfast”

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@JemayelK & end of discussion: Outrage makes for ‘sham of discourse’

by Rashmee

Posted on June 15, 2015


Jemayel Khawaja @JemayelK, managing editor of Thump (from the Vice group) metaphorically shakes his head over the “culture of outrage”. He writes: “On the internet, you are the judge, jury, and executioner, and you can enact your verdict with a single click. As this week’s frenzied uproar on social media surrounding Lithuanian house producer Ten Walls’ idiotic comments about … Continue reading “@JemayelK & end of discussion: Outrage makes for ‘sham of discourse’”

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End of discussion? Sir Tim Hunt, Seinfield and the wild outrage index

by Rashmee

Posted on June 14, 2015


The Outrage Index is out of control. Consider the case of the British scientist Sir Tim Hunt and the fact that Jerry Seinfield now says American college campuses have become too hostile to irreverence or anything that seems out of sync with left-wing liberalism. (To get a sense of the tirade he unleashed, click here.) … Continue reading “End of discussion? Sir Tim Hunt, Seinfield and the wild outrage index”

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Mona Lisa’s duckface? The world changes with every word we make up

by Rashmee

Posted on June 7, 2015


Does the world change with every word we make up to describe it? It’s a good question and probably best answered by considering the word “duckface”. This was defined by Collins Dictionary last year as “a pouting expression when posing for a photograph”. As The Economist blogged at the time: “Until someone pointed out ‘duckface’ … Continue reading “Mona Lisa’s duckface? The world changes with every word we make up”

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Narendra Modi’s use of words – too many, in too controlled situations

by Rashmee

Posted on June 6, 2015


Narendra Modi’s use of words is not as much of a success as the hype – and his fan club – might suggest. Particularly if you go by the muttering about his voice, words and message being too much with us in his first year as prime minister of India. As Sandeep Bhushan wrote in … Continue reading “Narendra Modi’s use of words – too many, in too controlled situations”

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Remember adorkable, gaybourhood? Dictionaries validate nowspeak

by Rashmee

Posted on June 3, 2015


Why are dictionaries increasingly prone to growth spurts? Mostly because it makes good sense for lexicographers to find the words that people actually use and then to record them rather than serving as policemen who keep words out. As The Economist memorably blogged last May about Collins Dictionary’s decision to add a word to its … Continue reading “Remember adorkable, gaybourhood? Dictionaries validate nowspeak”

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Jeb Bush and the kin’s speech: Language fight over Dubya’s Iraq invasion

by Rashmee

Posted on May 31, 2015


Jeb Bush deserves everyone’s sympathy (but not necessarily their vote) because one can’t choose one’s blood family but one can pick one’s words carefully. But every linguistic formulation can’t change the fact that Jeb has an older brother named George ‘Dubya’. Who happened to be US president. And launched the Iraq war. With all the … Continue reading “Jeb Bush and the kin’s speech: Language fight over Dubya’s Iraq invasion”

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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 in Aeon magazine about how the natural sciences –  physics, chemistry, biology, geology – have become totally monoglot. Now, he writes, they are totally Anglophone and thereby much different from what they were a century ago.  “A century ago,” he writes, … Continue reading “Unknown knowns: Is it good that the language of science is English?”

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Known unknowns: Are Poles workaholic or just very hard-working?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 25, 2015


Are Polish people workaholics? Or do they just work very hard because they have to and stay cheerful through it all? I ask the question in the light of a recent interesting story on Polish-Americans who work several jobs at a time. Click here to read the piece in OZY but if you don’t, here’s … Continue reading “Known unknowns: Are Poles workaholic or just very hard-working?”

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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