POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 11, 2014 AT 23:47 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 11, 2014 23:47 IST

The Australian National Dictionary Center has named “shirtfront” its Australian word of the year. And, no,  it does not have anything to do with losing one's shirt, or even taking it off, as Mr Putin is often wont to do.

Shirtfront (Australian Rules) noun, "A fierce tackle, usually delivered by the shoulder to the chest of an opponent." verb, "The act of delivering such a tackle."—Oxford Australian Dictionary.

The first we heard of the word was when addressing the Australian Parliament in Canberra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said,

"(as) the third head of the government you are listening to this week, I do not know how you are doing this. Maybe this is Prime Minister [Tony] Abbott's way of shirtfronting you."

Mr Modi was of course taking a potshot at the Australian Prime Minister who, earlier in October this year, had talked of his plans to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 11, 2014 AT 23:47 IST, Edited At: Dec 11, 2014 23:47 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 25, 2014 AT 17:07 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 25, 2014 17:07 IST

As serious journalists, we go by the following two dictums:

  1. Things are often not what they seem.
  2. Ask, and it may not be given you; knock, and it may not be opened unto you, but seek and ye shall find.

While puzzling over why Sanskrit was being brought back to the Kendriya Vidyalayas in place of German, and why it could go on to replace English as a link language, our intrepid reporters decided not to be disturbed by the phenomenon that has recently come to be characterised as 'extraneous noise' and instead to go back to the basics.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 25, 2014 AT 17:07 IST, Edited At: Nov 25, 2014 17:07 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 10, 2014 AT 15:50 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 10, 2014 15:50 IST

Those who have followed the life and times of Mr Arnab Goswami and Dr Subramanian Swamy would know that no caricature, no parody can quite capture the full essence of their genius.

But those who have followed the life and times of Harish Ravindran (@hariflute) Krish Ashok (@krishashok) and Vijaya Thesingu Rajendar, working together as Parodesy Noise—"a parody band with 3 members. 2 in flesh (non-veg) and 1 in spirit (alcohol)"—would also know that they have the genius it takes to express the ineffable and capture the very essence even of those phenomenon where experts are left floundering, while repeatedly,  incoherently, muttering imprecations and French expressions such as "je ne sais quoi."

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 10, 2014 AT 15:50 IST, Edited At: Nov 10, 2014 15:50 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 05, 2014 AT 05:14 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 05, 2014 05:14 IST

What is it about Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire? The last time we heard of it was the Samajwadi Party telling us something about "man se hai mulayam". And now we have Enna Da Rascala, a unit of Stray Factory, styling itself as Your Neighborhood Comedy Group from the South, channeling the same tune, in collaboration with Culture Machine, on YouTube, reminding us about how South of India is not one state.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 05, 2014 AT 05:14 IST, Edited At: Nov 05, 2014 05:14 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Oct 20, 2014 AT 21:01 IST ,  Edited At: Oct 20, 2014 21:01 IST

There's never a dull moment on Times Now.

While the nation had given up wanting to hear even a word more of the 'analyses' on the MaHa results  and the BJP's stupendous performance in Maharashtra and Haryana last night, the Congress party fielded a new spokesperson, intriguingly named Americai V. Narayanan.

Informed by the same spirit of enquiry the channel is justifibaly famous for, the editor in chief of Times Now, Arnab Goswami, asked, on behalf of the nation, whether the Congress party has been punished for supporting corruption. Mr Americai responded:

"If you ask me if there has been corruption in the UPA, hell yeah!"

Hell yeah, it has not stopped trending yet.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Oct 20, 2014 AT 21:01 IST, Edited At: Oct 20, 2014 21:01 IST
     
 
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