Note: This was originally written as an answer to a Quora question asking why it was okay to say “Germany killed/butchered Brazil” but not “Germany raped Brazil”, in the context of a soccer match. When I say Germany raped Brazil, I do not mean that Germany had forceful intercourse with Brazil, and the person I am talking […]
My answer to: What is the point of writing “f*ck” when everyone knows it means fuck? (To vote and comment on Quora, visit the link here.) The answers here are all from people from more open societies, and there is a common thread among them – that writing “f*ck” is same as writing “fuck”. I […]
My answer to: Why is the name of the Hindi language sometimes written as हिन्दी and sometimes as हिंदी? (To vote and comment on Quora, visit the link here.) Sanskrit and traditional Hindi: 25 of the Sanskrit/Hindi consonants are divided into five groups of five consonants each, depending on the location where the sound comes […]
My answer to: What are the differences between American, British and Australian English? (To vote and comment on Quora, visit the link here.) My answer covers differences in phonetics. Some major differences in phonetics go this way: The /r/ sound is not heard in British and Australian English unless it comes just before a vowel […]
The question asks: Indians have the habit of using the word “only” to give stress. Is it grammatically correct, and if not, is there a replacement? (e.g. He didn’t come only. He’s like that only. He was there only.) (To vote and comment on Quora, visit the link here.) The way many Indians use the […]
My answer to: Why do so many people pronounce ‘bahut’ as ‘bohot’ (when it is written that way in Hindi), ‘Kahna’ as ‘Kehna’? (but “kahenge” not as “kehenge”) (To vote and comment on Quora, visit the link here.) In the Hindustani* language, when the sound /h/ is surrounded by the sound /ə/ on both sides, […]
My answer to: Why are all the Hindu mythological characters such as Ram, Raavan, Laxman, Arjun written as Rama, Ravana and so on in English books? (To vote and comment on Quora, visit the link here.) Most Indo-Aryan languages have something called the schwa deletion in their phonetics. The schwa deletion consists of not pronouncing […]
Om is one special word that has a vowel with three maatras.
How are the hyphen, and the two dashes (en dash and em dash) different?