Aaaa-nd we're back.
By the way, I was taught not to start my sentences with 'and' and 'because'. When doing so for dramatic effect, I was warned to keep such usage restricted to the barest minimum. My teacher was right, I find, too many sentences starting so make me feel somewhat breathless when I read them.
Now, where was I? Oh yes, we're back.
People are keeping those links coming in. Itchy kindly volunteered two posts from her archives:
Note: We're is
an abbreviationa contraction of 'we are' meaning 'hum hain' as opposed to 'were' which is the past tense of 'are' and means '(woh) thhey'. But I digress.
A list of Bihari terms -- dude, I have to tell you, every one of them is followed in Bengal as well. I guess we are all just Biharis at heart. 3 addenda here to that list (singular: addendum, plural: addenda). God, what's with my prof persona today?
The Print Lover learns to Potomac it with the best of them. And it's a good thing she explains it because I never knew how to pronounce it either!
She also sends us the link to Average Jane's lucid explanation of question tags. Now a handy rule for question tags is to use the question word the sentence answers. So if you're saying, "He went home, is it?" your sentence ought to be "He went home, did he?" because the question tag ('did he'/'is it') refers to the chappie who went home and answers the question "who?"
Likewise, "The ball is red, is it?" (answering "what" and referring to the ball as 'it'). That said, I admit to using "is it" a lot when I chat with certain people. I enjoy the flavour of the phrase in my mouth.
Chinkurli continues the 'loosing' battle and adds to the RMB badge while at it.
And lastly, Kiran explains all that gray hair. Or what she thinks is gray. Hey K, did I tell you Vicky found my first one while chopping off my hair recently?
Oh and before I end: here are the rules of the Red Marker Blogathon.
UPDATE: Rachna gets bitter over her quest for better grammar in blog posts.