Anything About Everything

2 September 2009

Revert

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.

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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”.