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How the Times of India and Kumar Mangalam Birla mangle the English language

Posted Jan 22 2012 2:31am
The Times of India is full of articles which bemoan the poor standards of education in India. The irony is that it's their poor editorial standards which have helped to contribute to this sad state of affairs. For many Indians, their daily newspaper is their most important source of English language consumption. One would expect the Times of India to set high standards, so their readers would be exposed to good English. Sadly, this is no longer true. Most TOI reporters still "stress on" topics, without even realising that this is incorrect English ! ( You don't stress on something - just stressing it is enough !)

But it's not only the TOI which takes pleasure is stressing the English language. I read Kumar Mangalam Birla's interview in today's TOI, where he talks about success. He was quoted as saying - " My father's contribution to business and society can never be underscored ( sic)" . This was an interview which must have been carefully planned, rehearsed , screened and edited. It's shocking to realise that one of India's leading CEOs ( and his team of assistants) does not know how to use the word underscored !

This incorrect use of English underscores the need to improve educational standards in India - and stresses the fact that we still have a long way to go !
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