Anything About Everything

14 July 2018

Divided We Fall

The use of the term “colonised” in the following video (at 2:42 to 2:55) struck me as very odd:



2 September 2009


Filed under: Language,Society — rajiv @ 4:52 am

Although the usage is common in Singapore and Malaysia, it is widely regarded as wrong to use “revert” to mean get back to someone.


27 December 2008

“Bird” Or “Chick”

Filed under: Language — rajiv @ 5:37 am

Dirk told me a couple of weeks ago that he looked up “bird” (as a reference to a female) in a German/English dictionary and the meaning given was somewhat derogatory.

I think when it applies to young women, especially in a British context, it is either complimentary or neutral. In the Free Online Dictionary for example:

6. Chiefly British Slang A young woman.

According to the Urban Dictionary:

(Brit) Across the midlands and other regions of England, a “bird” merely means a female of the species. It has no other, more sinister connotations.

In Singapore, we’re probably more familiar with the more American “chick”.