Monday, July 18, 2005

Harry Potter Attack!

Just imagine a book making headlines of every national dailies! Yes! Harry Potter sore to the top spot on the 'best-selling charts' even before its release (The new Harry Potter book has sold 6.9 million copies in the US in its first 24 hours). The Harry Potter's magical world and magical charm continues.

A total novice on this phenomena, I was attacked by "Harry Potter" after seeing the movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban along with my young cousins. There's nothing quite like magic.
Do you know your Hedwigs from your Hogwarts, the Malfoys from the Weasleys and a Hufflepuff from a Slytherin? No? Check out BBC News Online's essential guide to bluffing your way around the magical world of author JK Rowling.

Author JK Rowling appeared at Edinburgh Castle on Friday to mark the launch of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth book in the hugely popular series. I think it was a clever move to push the sales by 'pre-ordering' books to avoid the piracy market, which would hit once the book is released. For bookstores, Harry Potter books are 'cakewalk' sales. There is so much hype and excitement about the book that they really don't need to launch events. The children will turn up to buy the book anyway

Harry Potter and Half-blood Prince, is also be available in Brailey form and large prints for visually impaired Harry fans. Really Amazing! Hats off to
The Royal National Institute of the Blind who ensured that the Braille copies of the novel were out on 16 July.


Friday, July 15, 2005

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Abbreviations, a shortened form of a written word or phrase used in place of the whole. It began to proliferate in the 19th century and have been prevalent since; they are employed to reduce the time required for writing or speaking (...a big word for small mouthfulls). An abbreviation can now easily become a word, either as an initialism in which the letters are pronounced individually (e.g., TV or FBI) or as an acronym in which the letters are combined into syllables (e.g., scuba, laser, or NAFTA).

In casual converstions, DH stands for Dear Husband, Hubby. A lot of people use these abbreviations now like LOL for laugh out loud. Here's a few listed that I am aware of. Some are used on message boards and some while chatting online.

DW= dear wife
DD= dear daughter
DS= dear son
SIL= sister-in-law
BIL= bro-in-law
BRB = be right back
WB = welcome back
TY= thank you
TYVM = thank you very much
YW = you're welcome

There are more, I just cant think of them right now. Please add any that you might know.