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Nation pays tribute to Ekushey martyrs

Nation pays tribute to Ekushey martyrs

The nation is paying glowing tribute today to the Language Movement martyrs who laid down their lives for the mother tongue in 1952. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid homage to the Language Movement martyrs by placing wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar one minute past zero hours amid tight security...

DISTORTED MOTHER TONGUE

DISTORTED MOTHER  TONGUE

A casual glance at a busy street plastered with signs and posters reveal plenty of errors -- you can see a sign saying “poster lagano nished” or “dukan bara hobe”. Or you might have found yourself flailing to describe something, and ended up calling a landscape “bhoyongkor shundor” in your high school essay. Then there are the ubiquitous Bangla mistakes that most people, even writers and journalists, make, like writing “shorbojonin” as “sharbojonin”. Ironically, you will sometimes find people haughtily calling others “oshikkhit” or saying that they find poor grammar “oshojjhokor”. Waiting outside a Bangla exam hall revealed snatches of conversation between parents, which intrigued a mother of one. “I...

  

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