Saturday, 9 November 2013

Men who are LUSTERS cheat schoolgirls

By Abdi Sultani,The citizen

Posted  Sunday, November 3  2013 at  11:18
In Summary
“Tanga Regional Commissioner Constantine Massawe has warned the residents against taking the LAW INTO THEIR HANDS and punishing suspects...”

In Bongo’s senior-most broadsheet of Monday, October 28, a headline for a Page 1 story went thus: “Kikwete AGITATES strategic learning”.
The reader who drew our attention to this one wonders if it’s possible for a person to agitate an abstraction such as “learning”.
Well, well… we’re only familiar with people agitating FOR/AGAINST certain things/issues/causes. The preposition “FOR/AGAINST is mandatory.
We checked our wordbook and here’s how it defines “agitate”: argue energetically, especially in public, in order to achieve a particular type of change.” It provides us with examples:
• The unions continue to agitate FOR change (not agitate change)
• As a young man, he agitated AGAINST the Vietnam war
Of course, the verb “agitate” can also be used in a direct way (as transitive verb), but with a rather different meaning: to make someone feel anxious and not calm. Examples:
• I didn’t want to AGITATE HER by talking while she listened to the morning news.
• Stella felt very AGITATED when her son failed to turn up for supper
Which is to say, (President) Kikwete agitated FOR strategic learning; in other words, he rooted for/argued a case FOR learning in a purposeful way.
While the scribbler in the elderly publication MISSED a key preposition, a counterpart in a tabloid closely associated with this columnist MISUSED one in a Sunday, October 27 story, entitled “Why state schools don’t perform well”. He wrote:
“The paying of handsome salaries and other incentives is not only limited FOR headmasters but also ordinary but competent teachers.”

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