The reason why Singaporean English will never get goodApril 2, 2008 at 5:19 pm | Posted in Being Me | 25 Comments
Do you want to know why? It’s because even our newscasters and the the very broadcast stations use bad English. I’m not talking Phua Chu Kang which is funny and humorous and should be allowed to use Singlish. No. It’s the damnable Channel News Asia programs which are supposed to be all serious and should transmit more formal English that keep screwing up.
Today in Education Asia (ended at 5pm) I heard a word I didn’t quite catch. The narrator (Yasmine Cheng) pronounced it “a-da-jay.” It was used in this context: “As the old a-da-jay goes…” It took me a second to mentally check my vocabulary, and then I realized she meant adage. It’s pronounced “ad-age.” Go check the link to dictionary.com and click on the sound. What in the hell is “a-da-jay”? Even if it was Latin it would be Adagium, which is Ad-ag-ium.
So if you want to figure out why our English is so bad, it’s not Phua Chu Kang’s fault, it’s all those supposedly more serious programs that mispronounce words. It’s not some fancy foreign word. It’s English. Simple English. Pronounce it like English. A-da-jay does not make you sound more high class or professional, it makes you sound like a pretentious dicks. No wait. I take that back. I don’t mean to insult pretentious dicks. At least they use real foreign words like c’est la vie and what not, in their original pronunciation. Or just use Latin phrases correctly in every other sentence. No. I apologize to pretentious dicks out there. Singaporean broadcast journalism is in a class on its own. Lower than pretentious dick. You’re just out there. How much dumber can you get?
My advice to CNA if they really want to help English learners out there in Asia is to speak simple proper English. Use proper pronunciation. Pick American or British, but pick one and then pronounce it that way. Please. I beg you. Otherwise every idiot and susceptible goon is going to be using a-da-jay, which will really cause me to flip out. Then you can report on how many people I manage to get fired from your program unit [ed: he does not really mean it. he'll just go apeshit, that's all].