Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Health of Language


Courtesy Times of India, August 23, 2010 
On August 23, 2010, the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare Services, Govt of Karnataka, published an advertisement for dengue and chikungunya awareness. However, it turned out to be an advertisement of the state of health of English language in the state of Karnataka.

Some phrases that could not be digested even with antacids:
1. Prevention of mosquitoes... - Do you prevent diseases or disease causing agents. Thankfully, they did not go a step further to say "prevention of rain."
2. The first three stages of 7 days are egg, larvae and pupa -  What a structure of the sentence!
2. Severe head ache - isn't headache one word?
3. Treatment: Contact any government hospital... - as if private hospitals don't have the license to treat these diseases.
4. Please co-operate with the mosquito control measures undertaken by the Health Department - Shouldn't it be ...cooperate with the health department for mosquito...
5. Don't allow water to stagnant - Never knew that stagnant was a verb.
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