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Postby Mi Amigo » Sun, 08 Jun 2014 4:35 am

nakatago wrote:Oh woe, a missed opportunity. If it were up to me, the sign should read:

"Escalator will be temporarily stairs during off-peak hours."

Temporally stairs cannot, got barrier lor.
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Postby Mi Amigo » Sun, 08 Jun 2014 4:40 am

zzm9980 wrote:
Wd40 wrote:You have to visit India, if you want to have real fun :lol:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/tasneemnashrull ... -laugh-cry


Chaineese lol.

Merry Christmas and a Phosphorus New Year did it for me. :lol:
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Postby zzm9980 » Sun, 08 Jun 2014 1:10 pm

Only fair to point out this one I saw today at the local Asian-American grocery store (99 Ranch, pretty much a NTUC Fairprice picked up and dropped in the US):

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Postby rajagainstthemachine » Mon, 09 Jun 2014 3:56 pm

Email chain about the water in our building not being fit for consumption :o

1. FYI, there is an water outage in the building, kindly refrain from using the water source(taps, water dispensers and coffee machines) in the premise until clearance from the landlord.

2. Hi abc,

Has the water resume to its normal and safe for consumption?

-xyz


3.Hi xyz

There is no abnormalities from the test report, which has further certified the water as safe for consumption.

If there is any matter I could help, please let us know soon and thank you.

-abc



4. Dear All

As per Lord’s email the water has been certified safe for consumption.

Regards,
abc


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Postby snowqueen » Sun, 15 Jun 2014 2:34 pm

We've had letters from our management office asking if anyone is having 'choking' issues with their toilets.

Anyone experiencing their toilet choking, please inform the management.

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Postby Mi Amigo » Sun, 15 Jun 2014 7:45 pm

On the other hand...

I do like the fact that some old English words are still in use in Singapore, despite having long since passed out of use in the old country. E.g. the cover next to the door on buses labelled 'Emergency Cock Inside' (or something like that). :o Years ago, all houses in the UK had 'stop cocks' in the mains water pipes, but I think they are now called 'shut-off valves' or something similar.
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Postby JR8 » Sun, 15 Jun 2014 8:23 pm

Mi Amigo wrote:On the other hand...

I do like the fact that some old English words are still in use in Singapore, despite having long since passed out of use in the old country. E.g. the cover next to the door on buses labelled 'Emergency Cock Inside' (or something like that). :o Years ago, all houses in the UK had 'stop cocks' in the mains water pipes, but I think they are now called 'shut-off valves' or something similar.


Yes there are some amusing archaic English words still in use in Singlish.

Talking cock, which might derive from poppycock. (By the way I still say stop-cock).

'Go sturn', to ask a taxi driver to reverse, i.e. 'go astern' always makes me smile.

Or how about:
'KING JAME VERSION'
http://www.talkingcock.com/html/lexec.p ... %20VERSION
'A Mat-ism which signifies that something is the best and most authentic in its class. Note that "Jame" is the singular of "James".
"Listen to that solid guitar solo, sial. King jame version!"'


Jame the singular of James? .... lol

--- American English features many similar archaic words. Pants as an abbreviation of pantaloons being just one.

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Postby Mi Amigo » Sun, 15 Jun 2014 8:53 pm

Sundry. Not amusing (at least not to me), just a lovely word. Sundry.

Brings up visions like this:

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Speaking of which, back to the test match. England are doing quite well (that's tempting fate).
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Postby rajagainstthemachine » Thu, 26 Jun 2014 4:45 pm

I had my "Singapore Moment" yesterday! I was sitting at a hawker's center somewhere eating some really delicious dimsum, when a local lady came over and asked me from which stall I had purchased it from.
I walked with her and showed the place to her, I guess I felt a bit like a local at that point. It was a good feeling though.
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Postby ecureilx » Thu, 26 Jun 2014 4:57 pm

JR8 wrote:
'Go sturn', to ask a taxi driver to reverse, i.e. 'go astern' always makes me smile.
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Alamak, I thinking Gostan is some Malay derived word :p

you really ah?

seriously I think it is a Malay derived word ...'Lynx or anyone who speak / know Bahasa can enlighten?

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Postby Mi Amigo » Thu, 26 Jun 2014 5:00 pm

I always thought it came from 'go astern' too.

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Postby the lynx » Thu, 26 Jun 2014 5:14 pm

Mi Amigo wrote:I always thought it came from 'go astern' too.

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Yes it is the Malay-nisation of the phrase "Go astern". Say it quickly and you will get "gostan".

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Postby Saint » Thu, 26 Jun 2014 5:27 pm

I never really appreciated the fascination people have with babies here until now. Local/Caucasion couple with Eurasian twin boys just draws a crowd! When we are having to do a double feed while having a coffee we will have crowd just stop and watch!

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 26 Jun 2014 8:57 pm

I've been laughing a me best mate over here who's married to an Indo. They've got 2.5 year old triplets (all boys as well). He's a long time close friend here (who's car I've been driving for the past two years). Same thing. Amazing to watch the aunties!

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Postby ecureilx » Thu, 26 Jun 2014 8:57 pm

the lynx wrote:
Mi Amigo wrote:I always thought it came from 'go astern' too.

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Yes it is the Malay-nisation of the phrase "Go astern". Say it quickly and you will get "gostan".


is it in the Malay dictionary? :twisted:

maybe, as explained by a Malaysian relative who was a school teacher Malay language lacked lot of words and they are constantly adding new words from other language


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