An Indian may be the first known human being to have been killed by a meteorite hit. Authorities said that a small celestial body struck a southern college campus, killing a bus driver and injuring three others in an incident initially reported as a bomb.
Condoling the death of a bus driver, Kamaraj, of the college in the incident, she announced a solatium of Rs 1 lakh to his family and Rs 25,000 each to the three injured
persons from the Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund.
Condoling? Solatium? That second word exists in the Oxford, but that doesn’t mean that it gets used very often. Certainly not in a newspaper in our part of the world.
One of my pet theories is that given a little more time English will become mutually incomprehensible around the world, as Czech and Polish and Russian are from the original proto-slavic, as Norwegian and German are from the Old German, as French, Italian and Portuguese are from Latin and so on. What has prevented it so far is modern communications (perhaps) but there’s no real reason why it might not end up like German, with one (inter) nationally known and understood version and mutually incomprehensible local variations underneath that. It’s rare the person who thinks that Swiss German and Saxon German are the same language, after all.