Don’t ask me why, perhaps it’s because I’ve got high expectations of professionals and people who claim to be upper-class or educated or simply mightier than thou; I don’t give a shit where you’re from or how much books you read or how rich you are, but when you declare yourself to be “highly educated” or consider yourself competent enough to deliver a lecture in English, use STANDARD English with grammatically correct sentences!!
I don’t know if it’s just a Singaporean thing, hey I’m not trying to make an absolute statement and banish all Singaporeans to eternal damnation because of their broken English, because I know there are Singaporeans who speak decent, universally-understood standard English…
Oh I know this has been a long introduction. But yea, please bear with me: it’s important to establish my diplomacy in the subject-matter. I don’t believe I’m totally objective, but I just want to first put forth a disclaimer that I am not against Singaporeans per se. It’s important you understand that I’m just perplexed at the amount of abuse Singaporeans throw into the use of a language I love, before you read on…
I noted, out of boredom and irritation, the mistakes in pronunciation and grammar my lecturer at the hotel school made over the course of about 2 weeks…
– “fee-zee-kli” (physically – he says this ALL the time. I cringe whenever he says that word) :S
– “oto-meh-TIK” (automatic, emphasis should be on the first syllable)
– Law of Tort becomes “Tort of Law”
– “dees-kaund” (discount, distinctive failure to emphasize the “T” at the end)
– “foh-gotten” ( lazy way of saying forgotten)
– genu-wine (genuine…correct way is jen-yoo-in, strong emphasis on the “jen”)
-> “these are the kind of discrepancy…” (These are the kinds of discrepancies.. My primary school English tutor self emerges, he should be smacked!)
THE WORST – “I ever went to this place…” (What’s up with the ever?? He really meant “I went to this place before…/ I visited this place…”
Never mind the bad English, I just realised he’s also kinda thick today… The “good lackey, bad boss” side of him showed shiningly.. don’t even want to go into details but my suspicion of his low IQ has been confirmed.