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Books featured in B>Reading Room/Bthis week: Suspicion of Madness by Barbara Parker, The Blood Doctor by Barbara Vine, The Pilots by James Spencer, Spies by Michael Frayn, and The Beauty Game by Anita Anand.
Our mailbox was filled with letters from people who wanted to #8220;date, console or roast#8221; Jean Senthil for her provocative lament about being female and single at 30 (I>Is 30 a Single Number?/I>) last week. We publish a sample of such responses, except those (at last count, six) asking to date her!
THE Chinese liking for homonyms and convenience has resulted in numbers and English abbreviations being used by cyber chatters, writes DOUG YOUNG.
WHILE Dr Lim Chin Lam (Jan 27) and Greg Barlow (Jan 29) are correct to highlight the fact that comprehensibility rather than grammatical accuracy is more important in communicating in English, nonetheless, the issue has to be contextualised in terms of the needs and demands of users.