In the past year I have had to deal with DAILY requests of all sorts from various corners. People:
- call my landline or my cellphone
- write on my wall,
- tag me
- knock on my office door
- send people to talk to me
- write letters
- ask questions through my page [otlogetswe.com]
What are all these contacts about?
- young parents asking for assistance about children’s homework. I get these requests usually in the evenings or in the early mornings when I am at home catching up with the news, friends & family, having dinner or resting.
- journalists asking about language and cultural issues or asking for interviews.
- A couple of years ago I published a paper on statistical elements of Setswana names and I am currently working on a dictionary and thesaurus of Setswana personal names. On daily basis I receive at least five requests, mainly from expectant ladies in South Africa and Botswana, asking me to suggest a good name for their unborn babies!
- Because of my studies in Onomastics I have been approached to give wild animals names! I have named cheetahs and leopards held in parks and nature reserves around the world!
- Creative writers in Australia and the USA frequently approach me to provide them with common Setswana names for their characters in their novels or plays.
- Students, particularly in tertiary institutions, usually try and avoid reading and doing proper research and instead attempt to extract answers to their challenging assignments from me.
- Serious researchers usually contact me for collaborative work
Now all these pose a great challenge for me. Unfortunately I cannot respond to everybody’s request. I neither have the time nor expertise to do so. So, sorry I can’t help most of you. Please:
- If what you are asking about can be found in a Setswana dictionary, such as Tlhalosi ya Medi ya Setswana, Thanodi ya Setswana, Setswana-English Setswana Dictionary please buy the relevant book and use it for your child or your work. Put crudely, please stop contacting me about your children’s homework, I just don’t have the time to respond to those requests (Nobody should feel bad and assume that I am referring to them). Perhaps the best thing that one can do is to post such questions on their own wall with the hope that those who can, will be able to help.
- If what you are looking for can be googled, please google it yourself and don’t ask me to google stuff and send it to you. Familiarize yourself with search engines including specialized ones.
- If you are not my friend (and Facebook friendship doesn’t count-Facebook should have used the term “links”) please don’t call me. Generally, I abhor night and early morning calls.
- I am unable to advise on Setswana baby names, unless it is a proper onomastics research. Hopefully the Setswana personal names dictionary that will be published later in the year will help some of you.
- I am interested in discussing serious language and linguistic matters (not stuff like “A lefoko “kopi” ke Setswana”) with whoever is interested in language matters.
- I am also open to collaborative work in language, linguistics and cultural issues in general.
I hope I am not sounding harsh in this post. I just need to warn people that I simply cannot respond to everybody’s inquiries. I am just swamped.