Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tech savvy

When I was getting ready for office this morning, I happened to watch a quiz/spelling contest for school kids on Nat Geo. The host (Cyrus Sahukar) was asking them to spell words, and the correct spelling was being displayed on screen for us, the viewers. The kids all looked pre-high-school.
The word was 'Colonel' and when the host pronounced the word, the girl spelled 'k-e-r-n-e-l'!


Unfortunately, they didn't accept her spelling. Not that tech savvy, huh!

Update: Kurian educated me with another (possibly more common) meaning for kernel - the softer, usually edible part contained in the shell of a nut or the stone of a fruit.


  1. Colonel is said as kernel in hindi. Hence the wrong answer by the girl. Kernel in english as in a pop corn kernel.

  2. @Anonymous
    This has nothing to do with Hindi. Colonel is pronounced as Kernel (check in wiktionary or dictionary.reference.com). Since they are pretty much pronounced the same way, (even without considering Cyrus's accent), the girl's answer was perfectly valid.