Spelling Bee!

Do you like quizzes? If so, here’s one. But it’s open only to Kuensel journalists.

Study the clip below from yesterday’s Kuensel. Then choose the correct answer.

How does the opposition leader, Tshering Tobgay, spell his name?

  1. Tshering Tobgye
  2. Tshering Tobgay
  3. Tshering Tobgyel

Bonus points for spelling the other opposition party member’s name correctly.

 

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  1. Ugyen Dorji says:

    Honourable lyonpo,

    I like quizzes, and certainly, i could have won this quiz. Because the answer is right up there on top of your blog page.

    Unfortunately, i am a Bhutan Today journalist la.

    Bonus points for naming the other Opposition member’s name correctly? Well, I am losing that too, because i am not a Kuensel journalist.

    But that’s a humour with a lesson in it! Thank you la lyonpo. I will not provoke another such quiz question la.

    An important reminder!

    Thanks.

  2. Tshering Tobgay

    People’s Demodratic Party(PDP)

  3. Is that what we call Journalism, instead of focussing on the issue, the writer seem to be more interested in how OL looks, is that supposed to be funny, or provocative.

  4. I think it is Damcho Dorji.
    The writer seem to be have spelled it like it is in Dzongkha.

  5. I am speechless to express such gross negligence. If I were a journalist or anyone for that matter with a publication, I would be ashamed to have that out in public. Not knowing is one, but spelling it in 3 different ways on quarter of a page! Ridiculous!!
    Good job with your action i the court Hon’ble OL.
    I think it is worth the fight. Good luck. There are few of us who believes that JYT is wrong as well..

  6. Ha ha ha.. they have changed it now online.. Perhaps that way some of us did not notice it at all..

  7. SONAM, SAMTSE says:

    PRONOUNCIATION DIFFERS FROM PERSON TO PERSON SOMETIMES BUT THE SPELLING DOES NOT. IT IS ALWAYS SHAME FOR THE JOURNALIST OF BHUTAN FOR BEING SO LENIENT AND CARELESS MAKING BLUNDER MISTAKES NOW AND THEN. WE HAVE NOTICED SO MANY SPELLING MADE MISTAKES BY MEDIAS ESP. BBS IN TV SCREEN. INFACT, HOW CAN THEY FORGET THE SPELLING OF A RENOWNED AND HIGH LEVEL PERSON??? THIS IS A QUESTIONABLE. THANK YOU

  8. THE SPELLING SHOULD BE READ AS, TSHERING TOBGAY.

  9. Just goes on to show the depth and height of the growth of journalism and “journalists”(??) in Bhutan.

  10. lindawangmo says:

    Come on guys, whatever the mistakes are, just read the contents and it refers to the only one Tshering Tobgay we have in the Opposition Party and I am sure every one would understand that. I also think its the content that counts not how we spell it. Well as a Bhutanese if we really want to spell it, it shoub be Tsayring Tobgyal and in this case OL himself is wrong. Whats next I hope Ol does not Drag Kuensel to the court

  11. Linda, spelling does matter. If I spell our name as Lienda or leenda and lydia, does that all mean to you?

    You and I may write love letters or friendly emails or hate mails to eachother in such manners, but not a national newspaper mena?

    It is even offensive for people of reputation in the society.

    In addition to that, the point here is more of spelling wrong in 3 different ways on a quarter-half page report.. ha haa.. not inconsistency or not getting the right spelling at all..

  12. Damcho Dorji says:

    Hi this is Damcho Dorji from Kuensel, and all I have to say to you Lyonpo, is Jad dha, jedha

  13. Tshering Tobgay

  14. Damcho Dorji says:

    May I point out, Mr. Truth, that while my spellings are not that great, your wordings are preposterous.

  15. Concerned Citizen says:

    Lyonpo la, I heard that the DPT government was vehemently against the airing of the parliamentary sessions on BBS because your jaw blocked them out. Is that true? if that is the case, I disagree with the government’s decision because Bhutan should not be deprived of the magnificence that is your jaw.

  16. Ever since Kunesel has gone daily, we have noticed lots of silly errors like simple spelling and other grammatical mistakes. well, in this case, they have used two different spellings for the one person. They should really be careful with the names, especially those concerning high rank officials like the OL. Once i also noticed kuensel spelling Jigme instead of jigmi for the Hon’ble Prime Minister. Kuensel, please avoid making all these silly mistakes.

  17. haha…looks like even spelling has become a national issue!!! sky is not going to fall by misspelling somebody’s name!!!….while it looks funny that somebody has misspelled three times in one story, people should take it lightly!!!

  18. Damcho Dorji is a shit, and his paper a shit wrapper. What is he doing here? Toiletries should be in in toilet.

  19. Names spelled wrong is excusable offense, at-least in Bhutan. My name is sometimes spelled as “Thinlay”, other times as “Thinley”. It really does not matter, although everything counts. I request Kuensel to double check spelling before things are printed.

    Cheers

  20. And then we have this a@@#### like “Damcho Dorji” who is acceptance and humility personified!!!

  21. This is a classic case of Assumption. As in; Make an Ass out of U and ME = ASSUME.
    It also goes on to show the negligence of the reporter and his editors to have three different spellings of the same person in a single article.

    It could all have been solved by asking the OL how he spelt his name? Perhaps, we don’t take names seriously in Bhutan? So no individuality?

  22. Kuensel needs a proofreader?

    Not just the name, read this> “The OL was rebutting the government’s plea to dismiss the dismiss his case against the government last month…” Did you notice double ‘dismiss’?

  23. “This is unconstitutional, my name is spelt wrong, rong, vrong” says the OL.

  24. lindawangmo: “Come on guys, whatever the mistakes are, just read the contents and it refers to the only one Tshering Tobgay we have in the Opposition Party and I am sure everyone would understand that.”

    Spelling determines meaning of the contents. To grasp the intended meaning of the contents, words, in all forms should be coherent, consistent and spelt correctly. Sometimes absence of these factors lead to misreading. In this case we have a prior knowledge, so it is understandable to us. What about for someone who doesn’t have a prior knowledge? or what if similar mistakes are committed in other stories or ? Wouldn’t we not misread it?

    lindawangmo: “I also think its the content that counts not how we spell it.”

    Spellings make up the contents. So I think it’s the spelling that counts more.

    lindawangmo: “Well as a Bhutanese if we really want to spell it, it shoub be Tsayring Tobgyal and in this case OL himself is wrong.”

    Since English alphabet doesn’t carry a Buddhist meaning it makes no sense to try to attach the meaning of our names in English. At the most we can roughly translate it based on pronunciation. The sane way and the only usable option is to follow what the bearer has adopted. The reporter should have looked how OL writes his name and then used consistently in his article.

    Lindawangmo: “Whats next I hope Ol does not Drag Kuensel to the court”

    Ridiculing the rule of law? I hope the OL pays no heed to the people, who have so much to lose in observing the rule of law, trying to distract him from safeguarding our constitution. I am sure our OL would sacrifice himself on the alter to safe guard our constitution.

  25. Correction please:

    or what if similar mistakes are committed in other stories? Wouldn’t we misread it?

    …it base on how we rightly pronounce it.

    The reporter should have looked how OL writes his name and then would have used it consistently in his article.

  26. politicking says:

    Not spelling correctly the name of the most important person like OL is an offence. Since everyone knows that OL is the head of the opposition, we, especially journalists, owe a duty to at least spell his name correctly. Put differently, it’s like someone misspelling Obama’s name as Osama, which is tantamount to treason.

  27. Hey Damcho Dorji what a ******* guy your are..?? At least Respect for lyonpo…

  28. What a shame …. forget the spelling mistake but to write three different spellings for the samething…… it is unacceptable for anyone but more so for a reporter in a public paper.. this is negligence and unprofessional …i hope there some kind of action was taken by the management

  29. If you look at kuenselonline edition again, you will see that they made a huge mistake again.
    Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck with Her Majesty Queen Paola of Belgium
    23 October, 2010 – Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, is on a visit to Belgium, France, Italy and Sweden as the patron of Tarayana Foundation that supports people facing socio economic difficulties, particularly in rural areas
    http://www.kuenselonline.com/2010/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=17126

    They can’t even get the queen mothers name right.

  30. 23 October, 2010 – Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, is on a visit to Belgium, France, Italy and Sweden as the patron of Tarayana Foundation that supports people facing socio economic difficulties, particularly in rural areas

    Look at kuensel, they got the queen mother wrong.

  31. Both BBS ands Kuensel has the same story and both has the same mistake.

  32. Name Maniac says:

    OL is right in this case as regards his spelling. But one thing I do not understand is how come in Bhutan the name spelt in the same way in Dzongkha is spelt is numerious ways. Does this mean that Dzongkha has no pronounciation standards. For example, “dbang-mo” in Dzongkha is spelt as Wangmo, Om, Ongmo, Ohm etc. Tshering is also spelt as Tsering, Tshering, Chering, Tsheering, and so is Tobgay spelt in many ways. So my point, why not standardize all the spellings in the first place. Otherwise it may seem funny if Tobgay is spelt as Top gay in another newspaper. Our news paper are full of typo and grammar errors indicating the poor quality of out Journalists and their Editors. I found many errors even in the recent report of our PM’s inauguration speech in Portugal. I am sure others would have found countless others.
    Read this sentence below taken from the Kuensel article dated 22nd october by Staff Reporter titled “Happiness in Difficult Times” line no. 23 which reads as:

    “He said people experienced success in one form or another in terms of income generation and acquisition of material property but that necessarily bring them happiness”

    Is something missing here? Is it .. which do not necessarily bring them happiness? Are the words “do not” missing here or am I not getting the message? And this is just a sample to show you.

    Read this article at

  33. Name Maniac says:

    Sorry I think the missing word was

    does not, not do not and should have read as “…but that does not necessarily bring them happiness”

  34. Name Maniac says:

    Why not standardize all the spellings in the first place. Otherwise it may seem funny if Tobgay is spelt as Top gay in another newspaper. Our news paper are full of typo and grammar errors indicating the poor quality of out Journalists and their Editors. I found many errors even in the recent report of our PM’s inauguration speech in Portugal. I am sure others would have found countless others.
    Read this sentence below taken from the Kuensel article dated 22nd october by Staff Reporter titled “Happiness in Difficult Times” line no. 23 which reads as:

    “He said people experienced success in one form or another in terms of income generation and acquisition of material property but that necessarily bring them happiness”

    Is something missing here? Is it .. which does not necessarily bring them happiness? Are the words “does not” missing here or am I not getting the message? And this is just a sample to show you.

    Read this article at

  35. Name Maniac says:

    Read this sentence below taken from the Kuensel article dated 22nd october by Staff Reporter titled “Happiness in Difficult Times” line no. 23 which reads as:

    “He said people experienced success in one form or another in terms of income generation and acquisition of material property but that necessarily bring them happiness”

    Is something missing here? Is it .. which does not necessarily bring them happiness? Are the words “does not” missing here or am I not getting the message? And this is just a sample to show you.

    Read this article at

    I could not upload before and I have tried several times. I reduced the length.

  36. Funny, cheap and irresponsible nuts! The more I pick up these papers, the more I am appalled. I have already boycotted three papers, and soon Kuensel is going to succumb! I find so many better options to put my Nu. 5.00 into! As for BBS, I find nothing better than what Etho Metho or Norling Cables dish out ad infinitum minus just the news, which again is almost always riddled with bloopers and outright goof-ups! Cheap workmanship, very very cheap workmanship!

  37. Name Maniac says:

    I wanted to bring to your attention to the article dated in Kuensel titled “happiness in difficult times”… Read in the middle of the article which reads as “…but that necessarily bring them happiness”. The words does not are missing a gives a completely different meaning.

  38. talk about the real issue. I read that the verdict is going to be out on the 18th of November. I foound it difficult to understand they it actually was since I am not a law student and have a hard time understanding law terms. Can anyone interpret for me what the Kuensel report was about? Are they saying that since the problem was with the interpretation of the Constitution, it might be amended to suit the decisions made my the government about taxes?
    Is that what we really want? we want acts ammended every time there;s a decision made that doesn,t follow …. Why call it constitution then? . i am sorry, but its difficult for me to understand such a process…
    Please , please somebody… explain it to me if there is something I am missing… Actually somebody rightly said, politicians don;t have to be right, they can appear to be right… and I guess that’s what they are doing.. our Politicians…

  39. DrukpaDorji says:

    Firstly I would like to point out that the OL has made a sharp observation on the article. I am amazed that a reporter has misspelled the name of a Public Figure, known to everyone in Bhutan. Three ways of misspelling a name is really reckless especially when it comes in print media.

    Secondly, I would like to believe that people who write in forums & blogs like this are people who are fortunate enough to have been educated & have access to internet. However, I am really appalled that educated people come to blogs like this & swear & abuse people. This is really disgraceful & unconstructive. Please comment only if your comments are constructive criticism or with respect to the topic being discussed. And also please show some respect to the OL not just because he is the Opposition Leader of Bhutan but as a decent human being, we are suppose to respect everyone in general.

  40. Bhutan Reviewer says:

    can understand la! Kuensel has bad reporters. Some weeks back they had poor editorials too. I guess that is because they have lot of money and its is the oldest paper so people will buy it anyway, even if they write crap.
    Business Bhutan keep it up, we like reading it.

  41. Please ignore my second entry to this blog. I think i was ignorant and didnot comprehend the meaning of articles written by Kuensel correctly. I am writing this time to congratulate opposition party and the judiciary of Bhutan on its ability to protect the rights of the people and respect the contents of the constitution.Its not about winning or losing a case i guess….

    Tashi Delek on the outcome of the court case. good luck with the current National Assemly.

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