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Written by James Randi   

In this article, I ran an item about one “astrologer Sir Bejaan Daruwala,” and I expressed my wonder that he’d been granted that honor, perhaps either for being an astrologer or for endorsing “Global Zodiac Rings and Pendants,” miraculous gems that vibrate the naïve into ecstasies of spending Well, our friend John Atkinson perches on the Isle of Man watching over peccadilloes originating from his part of the globe, and thanks to him as well as several other observant readers, it seems that astrologer Daruwala does not possess a knighthood. The misunderstanding came from the media source that made the report; they took the word “Sri” – a respectful title of address in India – to be an accidental transposition for what they thought should have been, “Sir”.

I repeated the error, for which I apologize…

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Just for the sake of accuracy
written by FrankH, December 03, 2008
Not that I thought Bejaan Daruwala had inherited a baronetcy but a knight isn't the only person entitled to be called "Sir".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baronet
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written by JimC, December 03, 2008
I think it's likely the original error was due to some English speaker relying on his/her computer's spell-checker. I'm using Firefox, and typing "Sri" here in this text box is flagged as an error, and the first correction suggested is "Sir", followed by "Si Sr Sari Ari"
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written by BillyJoe, December 03, 2008
Okay, another apology is due.
That link doesn't work. smilies/angry.gif
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written by BillyJoe, December 03, 2008
I think it's likely the original error was due to some English speaker relying on his/her computer's spell-checker.

You don't believe Randi when he says:
The misunderstanding came from the media source that made the report; they took the word “Sri” – a respectful title of address in India – to be an accidental transposition for what they thought should have been, “Sir”.

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written by JimC, December 03, 2008
Of course I believe Randi. He's reporting accurately what he was told. What he was told does not preclude my explanation. And it sounds a bit better than "we have to rely on our spellchecker because we're functionally illiterate". smilies/grin.gif
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written by BillyJoe, December 03, 2008
Oh well, I'll just assume your comprehension skills are lacking, because the error of your statement is so staring you in the face that it is not worth further comment.
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written by JeffWagg, December 04, 2008
Fixed the link. Thanks.
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