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English's woes

Sir, — "When English is done in" (Aug. 30) draws attention to all that English has had to sacrifice to become global. At times, usage defies, and sometimes it fashions, grammar. Freedom of construction, when exercised within a close-knit linguistic region, can be seen as style. But indigenous versions of English, when legitimised, are bound to cause ambiguity. Accepting wrong English does no good to the language or its user.

K. Vaithinathaswamy,
Kumbakonam, T.N.

Sir, — The Los Angeles Times reported that a woman "hand-walked a message to the mayor in an effort to cut red-tape." A professor said that Indlish is "rooted in the stems of the Indian environment." For any doubt, ask the concerned professor and not the professor concerned.

M.K. Chubby Raj,
Chennai

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