10 Aug '11, 12am

Clean language: She - jolly well - did it! (via ST iPhone App)

MR ROHIT Brijnath's commentary ('I swear, it's not the worst you could say'; Monday) on Nanyang Technological University valedictorian Trinetta Chong's use of the F-word provoked me to consider why I don't use it. Without assuming a 'holier than thou' attitude, I would venture that it has much to do with upbringing as a child, making a choice as an adult and cultivating good speech habits. Plus, a huge dose of self-control and an understanding of what is appropriate and what is not. Mr Rohit's mother had bars of soap on standby while I had strings of chilli, coming from a Peranakan home, to remedy that F-word in all its linguistic permutations which might have slipped from my mouth. Then, Grandma would banish me to a corner with my burning mouth, lips, tongue and tear-stained face to read a chapter from the Bible. When tears stopped flowing and the sting lessened, Grandma ...

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