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Monday, March 01, 2010

Blast from the past

Indonesian prosecutors have demanded a suspended jail sentence for a university student who was found guilty of insulting his music mentor on Facebook.

Muhammad Wahyu Muharam in August last year referred to his marching band mentor as a "scoundrel" and "very greedy" on his Facebook page.

Another example of how semi-archaic usages can be given new venom in ESL cultures. The word scoundrel is now (obs.) in political discourse in the English-speaking world, but in Indonesia it's apparently right back at the duel-provoking level of, say, London in 1760.

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