Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Language Confusion

Language plays an important role in communicating smartly and effectively. For lawyers, language is the tool that needs to be constantly polished to perfection through the drafts they work on for clients, the persuasive arguments they put before the courts and even when delivering lectures or explaining strategies to their interns or clients. For any and every purpose, it becomes a lawyer's duty and responsibility to be smarter than others in grasping the dynamics of language and using it at the right time and at the right place to gain edge.

In the October 2010 edition of Readers Digest, there is an interesting article titled "How to Sound Smarter." Basically, it is the RD version of all confusing words and random rules you missed in English class. In this post, I am going to select some of the chosen RD words.

1. Use of 'Returned back': Very often, we use the term ' I returned back,' without realizing that it is appropriate to say "I returned" or "I am back" but not, "I returned back."

2. How to pronounce the word 'content': Most professionals pronounce 'content' as 'kontent' and there comes a bit of confusion when you hear it said as 'kaantent.' According to the Readers Digest, you can pronounce it as 'kontent' when you are referring to the subject matter of a book, film, project or website, just to mention a few. However, when you are trying to say that you are satisfied or content about something, the word can be pronounced as 'kaantent.'

Hope you found this post useful. If you can think of other words that we tend to use in a mixed up way, do share them. It would be great to discuss.

4 comments:

Aparna Radhakrishnan said...

hi...there are loads of words pronounced wrongly and several phrases that are used...The Hindu paper publishes these every Tuesday in a column named "know your English"..Today's column can be found in the link below:
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-bookreview/article837041.ece

chitra said...

Informative post.
Revert back is another... Just revert is sufficient.

....Petty Witter said...

I agree with you, language is so important and if not used correctly can lead to all kinds of misunderstandings. I think this is especially true when it comes to humour. Not so much about pronouncing things wrongly but there are certain words I constantly have to think about or I am sure to spell them incorrectly. Thanks for an interesting and thought provoking post.

R. Ramesh said...

wish i could sound smarter..a miserable failure on this front...good post boss..hey the photo with babiji looks good..where's junior?