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A Rant on LanguageCategory: (general)
Tuesday, 6 February 2007
06:01:05 AM (GMT)
There is just one question I'd like to ask: why are there so many different
variations of the same language? I don't know what you think, but what I think is
that most of the English we get nowadays is not English but a variety of regional
dialects invented for numinous reasons. I don't deny that I don't speak English that
well either, but at least I don't use netspeak. All right, use it if you want, but
could you at least ascertain that the person you're speaking to understands it? 

Somebody is going to tell me that how people speak is none of my business. I think
that it is very much my business if they happen to be speaking to me and I don't get
a word of it, which is often the case. Why do people find it necessary to mix English
with Chinese, Malay, Cantonese and other languages/dialects that I don't even
recognise? Isn't it easier and probably more practical to just speak in English so
that the people around you know what you're trying to say? 

I don't have anything against those who haven't been English-educated and are just
getting used to it, but in Singapore the mainstream language is English - and it
appears that nobody, not even our English teachers, speaks it properly. I get the
feeling that there's a grammatical error somewhere in the last sentence but I don't
know what to do about it. 

My English is most definitely going down the drain. The other day I forgot the
definition of 'pejorative'. 

Never mind.

This isn't really important. It's just that I don't like doing things by half
measures and social norms get on my nerves. 

And, of course, I don't understand dialect, or any other languages other than a
smattering of Mandarin and Japanese, so I don't understand what you say when you
decided to be a human word blender. Obviously, that gets on my nerves.

No offence to people out there.

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