Category Archives: Language

Adobo Chronicles Fact-Checks Rappler!

THE FACTS: In one of its election fact checks, online news source Rappler belied claims that Vice President Leni Robredo has been disqualified by Comelec from running in the 2022 Presidential elections.

Rappler’s headline read: ”HINDI TOTOO: Robredo Diskalipikado na sa Halalan 2022, ayon sa Comelec.”

An exhaustive search by The Adobo Chronicles could not find the word ”diskalipikado: anywhere except in the Rappler report.

OUR FINDINGS: In its desperate effort to be relevant to Tagalog-speaking Filipinos, Rappler has begun publishing fact checks and reports in the national language. However, it failed miserably by not checking and double checking the existence of the word ”diskalipikado.,

The correct Tagalog word for ”disqualified” is ”diskwalipikado.”

CASE CLOSED.

WHO STATEMENT ON LAMBDA VARIANT

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Filipinos are wondering why there is now a new Lambda variant of the coronavirus, when the only variants known to them are the Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta. Did the World Health Organization (WHO) skip some letters in the Greek alphabet?

Responding to the concerns, a representative of WHO who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Adobo Chronicles that the variants Eplison to Kappa are still in quarantine.

Watch for further announcements. In the meantime, stay safe!

MERRIAM-WEBSTER’S WORD OF THE YEAR: PANDEMIC, pLUS COSMETIC

SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – It’s that time of the year when Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary picks its word of the year, and its choice comes as no surprise in this age of the coronavirus: PANDEMIC.

This year, Webster also picked a word of the year in each of the countries in the world.

For the Philippines, the dictionary picked “Cosmetic” as its word of the year.

The choice stems from recent highfalutin statements of Vice President Leni Robredo mentioning the word “cosmetic,” like when she said “cosmetic affinity” and “cosmetic courage.”

Robredo’s recent messages in English were miles apart from her usual rhetoric in the Filipino language which were full of “iyon,” “iyong” and “ang sa akin.”

How politics influences language! Or is it the other way around?