30-12-2003, 04:35 PM
<font size="+1">English: PMR, SMS and Internet</font>
There is a <a href="http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Tuesday/Frontpage/20031230071942/Article/pp_index_html">1.8% decline</a> in English language passes in the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) examination this year.
Education director-general <b>Abdul Rafie Mahat</b> blamed it on the short messaging services (SMS) and Internet. He said the students were "economising words and phrases" in their answer scripts which "clearly show they have overlooked the basic rules of English" - Students used short form when writing.
30-12-2003, 04:38 PM
I thought I should dedicate the MoE DG (an education expert?) with a message that I culled from all places... the Internet via <b>Danny Khoo</b>:
<blockquote><b>The English Language</b>
<font face="georgia">Let's face it - English is a crazy language.
There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.
We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices?
Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend, that you comb through annals of history but not a single annal? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? If you wrote a letter, perhaps you bote your tongue?
Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? Park on driveways and drive on parkways?
How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? How can overlook and oversee be opposites, while quite a lot and quite a few are alike?
You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm goes off by going on.
English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn't a race at all).
That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.
And why, when I wind up my watch, I start it, but when I wind up this essay, I end it. </font></blockquote>
Thanks <a href="http://www.usj.com.my/bulletin/upload/showthread.php?threadid=4069">Danny Khoo</a> for sharing <i>your</i> English. The MoE DG should dine at your place to pick up the finer points in the language.
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