Des Rodgers

Updated : August 5, 2019

Hello Ko Hla Min:

It was a pleasure to read the message of good wishes to all RIT members sent by Bhikku Ashin Pannagavesaka (Bobby Myo Tun, A69).

I’ve just finished dashing off a note of greetings to him, and was reminiscing on those days when the reverend, along with Roland, Saluja, George, etc., used to hang out with the teaching staff of the RIT English Department. I believe that he also either won or came in runners-up in the RIT Students’ Scrabble Championship. Those were the days.


My book was designed to expressly represent more than just an abridged reference list of judiciously sourced contemporary words and terms regularly employed by the educated native speaker of English in his daily communication.

Through its carefully crafted examples drawn from politics, history, economics, and the sciences and arts, the intention is to expose the discerning reader, notably the non-native speaker, to varied issues of topical interests that will further supplement his attempts to enhance his acculturation process through language learning.

As it currently stands, it is my hope that this book will comprehensively serve all language learners at the advanced level, particularly those hoping to “level their language playing field” in an English speaking environment (see www.eslspecialist.net for additional information.)

Thank you again for all considerations.

Des Rodgers

Editor’s notes:

  • “Bobby” Myo Tun (Errol Than Tun) won the essay competition conducted by Daw Lay Circle of the Guardian. He is also good at Scrabble. Unfortunately, P. Aung Khin — one of the “Daw Lay” who tried to fill in the shoe of Daw Khin Swe Hla who have moved to Working People’s Daily — wanted Bobby to be a judge at the Scrabble tournaments conducted by the Guardian, and also help him proof-read Daw Lay columns. Some bit of sacrifice for Bobby.
  • “Roland” Khin Maung Win was an excellent debater and scrabble player.
  • “Dave” Singh Saluja, son of entrepreneur Teja Singh, co-founded “Rama Enterprise” in Bangkok, Thailand with his elder brother (an alumnus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, GBNF).
  • George Htoon Pay (Aung Tun Oo, M71) represented RIT in Rowing, Swimming and Water Polo. He moved to Australia and changed his name to George D. Smithers.
  • Saya Des and Saya U Khin won several Scrabble Championships held at the Guardian and/or YMCA premises. At that time, the sayas’ desks have Chambers’ Dictionary and Jone’s Pronouncing Dictionary [the then] de facto references to settle the “challenges” (especially for seven-letter “bonus” words).

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