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EtcEtc : Uideritis or Videritis?

Besides being a High quality newspaper, in terms of news reports and analysis, 'The Hindu' can also be extremely fastidious when it comes to correcting errors in its content, in terms of facts, spellings,grammar and incorrect use of words. I was amused (and also touched), to read the 'Clarifications and Corrections' section published in the paper. Sample this :

-In "Corrections and Clarifications" (October 13, 2006), a reader had questioned the use of the word "uideritis" in the Latin phrase "mitrae colorem uideritis!" [that appeared in the report "Manmohan calls for `inclusive globalization'" on October 12, 2006, page 1]. The reader said it should have been "mitrae colorem videritis!" instead. Siddharth Varadarajan clarifies that he had quoted the phrase "mitrae colorem uideritis!" from the Cambridge University orator's printed tribute to Dr. Manmohan Singh. He also quotes an email from Tim Holt, Deputy Head of Communications, University of Cambridge, enclosing the response of the University orator which says: "`U' and `V' in Latin are different forms of the same letter, which represents both the vowel `U' and the semi-consonant `W'. The sound `v' did not then exist. It is standard practice now to use `V' when writing in capitals and `u' when writing in minuscules."

-The strapline of the report "Manmohan: internal security prime concern" (October 27, 2006, page 1) was: "`Terrorism is the most dangerous threat today and it has become a hydra-headed monster'". A reader points out that the word "hydra" is enough as the dictionary says "it (in Greek mythology) is a many-headed snake whose heads grew again as they were cut-off, and was eventually killed by Hercules."

It is the policy of The Hindu to correct significant errors as soon as possible. Please specify the edition (place of publication), date and page.




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October 31, 2006 12:48 PM

Only in The Hindu!!!    



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