Archive for February 21st, 2008

In a dark subway, an unlikely grammar figure

21 February 2008

Louis Menand, an English professor at Harvard, has called its use “impeccable”. Lynne Truss, the author of Eats shoots and leaves, has called it a “lovely example”. Geoffrey Nunberg of the University of California at Berkeley sees it as a burgeoning sign of “punctuational literacy”.

On the pages of The New York Times, Neil Neches, a writer in the New York City Transit agency’s marketing and service information department, is earning plaudits for properly inserting the semi-colon into the subway placard that reads “Please put it in a trash can; that’s good news for everyone.”

Read the full story: Celebrating the semicolon in a most unlikely location

Will paper tigers last longer than real ones?

21 February 2008

In The Vanishing Newspaper, Philip Meyer says the last newspaper will be printed, sold, (hopefully) read and then crumpled and thrown into the dustbin sometime in the first quarter of the year of the lord 2043. In other words, even if this dire prognosis turns out to be true, paper tigers will roam the urban jungles for another 35 years.

The tiger conservationist Valmik Thapar has made an astounding claim vis-a-vis the latest tiger census in India which shows that the number of tigers in the country has fallen to 1,411 from 3,642 in the last five years. He told Karan Thapar on CNBC that at this rate the Indian tiger will vanish in the next 5—yes, five—years, but for a couple of pockets.

Will real tigers meet their end before paper tigers?

Photograph: Sharath Rangaswamy

Also read: In Nagarahole, tigers are like city buses…

Did the Tiger of Mysore really tame a tiger?

RAJAN: 1993-2006, rest in peace

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