29 May '16, 9am

What do you think abt Oxford Eng Dictionary adding Singlish terms into its lexicon? Tell us!

In February last year, "kiasu" was chosen as the Oxford English Dictionary (OED)'s Word of the Day. Just when you thought kiasu is the most iconic Singlish word that is known internationally, the OED's most recent quarterly update in March included 19 Singlish terms into its lexicon. A handful of the newly included "Singapore English" words are common ones that we all know, such as "ang moh", "hawker centre", "lepak", "shiok", "sabo" and even one lesser-known term – "Chinese helicopter". While some Singaporeans were proud of the OED's decision, others thought it was absurd. What's going on? The recent inclusion of these Singlish terms has generated significant buzz among netizens about our unique language. Many Singaporeans were surprised by the decision to add more Singlish words into the OED. Some have maintained that English should remain "pure" as the Queen's English, ...

Full article: https://www.youth.sg/Our-Voice/Your-Take/2016/5/More-Sing...

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