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 News Ed 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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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Nov 28, 2013 AT 05:59 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 27, 2013 23:59 IST

"The cynosure of judicial determination is the fluctuating fortunes of the dentist couple Dr. Rajesh Talwar and Dr. Nupur Talwar, who have been arraigned for committing and secreting as also deracinating the evidence of commission of the murder of their own adolescent daughter — a beaut damsel and sole heiress Ms. Aarushi and hapless domestic aide Hemraj, who had migrated to India from neighbouring Nepal to eke out living and attended routinely to the chores of domestic drudgery at the house of their masters."

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Nov 28, 2013 AT 05:59 IST, Edited At: Nov 27, 2013 23:59 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 19, 2013 AT 23:49 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 19, 2013 23:49 IST



A picture can paint a thousand words, indeed. It was unanimous, this year, says the

...with little if any argument. This is a little unusual. Normally there will be some good-natured debate as one person might champion their particular choice over someone else’s. But this time, everyone seemed to be in agreement almost from the start. Other words were considered, as you will see from our shortlist, but selfie was the runaway winner. It’s not a new word. For starters, it has already been included in Oxford Dictionaries Online (although not yet in the Oxford English Dictionary), and we wrote about it as part of our occasional Words on the Radar series back in June 2012. But our Word of the Year need not be a new word. However, it does need to demonstrate some kind of prominence over the preceding year or so and selfie certainly fits the bill. It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the Internet. If it is good enough for the Obamas or The Pope, then it is good enough for Word of the Year.

(also selfy)
Syllabification: (sel·fie)
noun (plural selfies)
a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website:
occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself every day isn’t necessary

early 21st century: from self + -ie

Other words that were considered this year but lost out to the winner included:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 19, 2013 AT 23:49 IST, Edited At: Nov 19, 2013 23:49 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Oct 04, 2013 AT 23:17 IST ,  Edited At: Oct 04, 2013 23:17 IST

Out there at the Telegraph, Mukul Kesavan offers us "a lexical sampler, a handful of words that are looking for traction, for purchase, in desi usage and sometimes finding it"

modi~fy: to shift the blame for violence on to its victims. Thus, ‘Amit began to modify the history of the Gujarat pogrom in 2002.’ This transference can be helped along by the use of the dangling modi~fier and its uncanny knack of recasting victims as passive-aggressors: ‘Eyes bloodshot, hoarse with vengeful shouting, the ghetto was burnt to the ground by the mob.’ Bloodshot, vengeful ghettoes aren’t likely to attract much sympathy even if they are burnt to the ground.

modi~fication: the parent process, the projected transformation of India into Pakistan. modi~fication can also be used as a generic term for majoritarian transition, the conversion of a country into a state owned by its religious majority. Thus, Sri Lanka under the Rajapakse government becomes a nation where modification is complete...


cap~itulate: to attend a BJP rally in a skull cap.

re~cap~itulate: to attend a BJP rally in a skull cap having previously attended an SP rally in a skull cap...


com~modi~fied: to become communal for a consideration. ‘Some are born communal, some become communal, but most are just commodified’.

Please read the full column at the Telegraph: A Lexical Sampler

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Oct 04, 2013 AT 23:17 IST, Edited At: Oct 04, 2013 23:17 IST
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