04 Aug '11, 12pm

We find students of all ages using expletives shamelessly. This is alarming and a wake-up call for our educators: Voices

I REFER to the incident where Nanyang Technological University graduate Trinetta Chong spurted an expletive on an otherwise grand occasion. An NTU spokesman later said it was "an isolated incident". It may be so for NTU, but I bet it was not the first time Ms Chong used such an expletive. Looking at the student population as a whole, this is an alarming, real issue and a wake-up call for our educators. Years ago, expletives, mostly in dialect, were hurled as abusive remarks or muttered casually, probably without the user knowing the meaning. In any case, they were used by uncouth or uneducated people in search of better words to express themselves. Today, we find students of all ages using expletives shamelessly - in all languages and in all places, including trains, buses, shopping malls and, yes, schools and universities. What is in a word? Nothing, as it simply highligh...

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