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 21, 2014 AT 22:30 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 21, 2014 22:30 IST

Dear Ms Smriti Irani,
Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD).

The Press Trust of India (PTI) reports you as saying today that a controversy over German being replaced in KV schools has been created "deliberately" and that its continuation as third language would have been a violation of the Constitution.

"The schools were teaching German as the third language which was in violation of the Constitution, knowing that German is not a third language. We or the ministry or KVs [Kendriya Vidyalayas] could not have renewed the contract. I have taken oath under Indian Constitution and I will abide by it," 

Your ministry, madam, had last week decided to replace German with Sanskrit as the third language in the KVs, arguing that the existing arrangement was against the three-language formula and "violated" the national policy on education.

We submit four things for your information and kind consideration:

1. The constitution does not say anything about the three-language formula.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 21, 2014 AT 22:30 IST, Edited At: Nov 21, 2014 22:30 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Jul 18, 2014 AT 00:42 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 18, 2014 00:42 IST

It was coyly described by Microsoft as " Stephen Elop's email to employees". 

And one wouldn't have been any the wiser about what this jargon-filled 1,100-word e-mail was all about, unless someone pointed out that its 11th paragraph was key:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Jul 18, 2014 AT 00:42 IST, Edited At: Jul 18, 2014 00:42 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Mar 08, 2014 AT 22:15 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 08, 2014 22:15 IST

Sara, a 19-year-old Finnish YouTube user put up this video to show "her goofing around what certain languages sound like to" her on March 3, 2014. The video has been viewed over 46,76,610 times already.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Mar 08, 2014 AT 22:15 IST, Edited At: Mar 08, 2014 22:15 IST
POSTED BY OWD ON Feb 04, 2014 AT 23:01 IST ,  Edited At: Feb 04, 2014 23:01 IST

A new advertisement that Coca-Cola unveiled during the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb 2 has sparked quite a controversy. 

Named 'It's beautiful', the ad depicts US' diversity by showing people of different immigrant communities singing "America the Beautiful" in seven different languages, including Hindi.

Individuals featured in the footage represented the melting pot that is the US. One of the vignettes also depicted what are said to be the first gay parents shown in a Super Bowl ad.

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