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Tuesday October 1, 2013 MYT 12:30:00 AM
Tuesday October 1, 2013 MYT 8:39:08 AM
by andrew sia
After 12 years of amassing the best, and worst, aspects of the way we Malaysians use the language, we will be bidding farewell to our readers next week.
IF we, at Mind Our English, pooled and pressed all the egregious examples of evidently erroneous English over the years, pardon the alliteration, we’d be sitting on a critical mass of radioactive linguistic material worthy, quite possibly, of United Nations sanctions against Words of Mass Destruction.
But we believe that this toxic heap has been relegated to the dim shadows of the mind as, thankfully, we’ve also been busy harvesting and hoarding many efficient, perhaps even exquisite, examples of English usage.
We hope some of these have been enlightening, or if not, at least entertaining.
We’ve scrutinized newspaper articles, Internet postings and even street signboards to glean and gather real-life examples of how we can improve our English.
And we’ve also fielded numerous readers’ queries on how to tackle the intricacies of this charming language.
Well, as they say, all good things must come to an end, and MOE will be bidding farewell very soon, by next Tuesday in fact.
To celebrate this long run, we are republishing the very first article that kicked off this column on April 23, 2001 – written by Kee Thuan Chye, the founder-coordinator of MOE for eight years – and also a memory lane piece from Lucille Dass, one of our long-term contributors.
Finally, if you’d like to share your memories of how MOE has touched, taught or perhaps even taunted you over the years, please write to us at email@example.com
English as she is broken
So long, farewell ...
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