Some People Juggle Geese

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Some People Juggle Geese
I live in Singapore (since 2008), observe language, read books, watch movies, collect stuff, and travel. Singapore is a great place to observe language. I love English, Singlish, and Chinese.
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  • Plural noun adjuncts 2 weeks ago I have seen this sign hundreds of times. It says: 24 Hours Hot Line That’s a perfect example of a plural noun being used to modify another noun, like “cutleries station”, except that “hours” is a legit plural and “cutleries” is not. I think the sign should say 24-Hour Hot Line or...
  • The missing epicene pronouns of English 3 weeks ago This advertisement depicting a couple on a cruise ship says: Where Everyone Gets What They Need As a writer of English curriculum materials for kids, I’ve become incredibly sensitive to singular/plural agreement. I think demonstrating careful matching between subject and verb (or pronoun and...
  • Red Cliff II (2009) 3 weeks ago Red Cliff was released as one (not very admired) edited movie, but it was also released in two glorious full-length parts. I wrote about the first part already; this is my post about the second part. Considering the two movies as parts of a whole, it’s not surprising that the first one is more...
  • The Complete Plain Words (2nd edition) by Ernest Gowers 3 weeks ago Reading this British book published in 1978 (a revised version of the 1948 original) was like going on an archaeological expedition in a foreign country. The English recommended by the author differs from my own for reasons of both time and place. In some passages, the author of The Complete Plain...
  • Red Cliff (2008) 3 weeks ago Shortly after we moved to Singapore in 2008, my husband and I bought a big flat-screen television. The movie Red Cliff II was being used to demo the screens in all the shops we visited, so we named our television “Cliff”. Until now, though, neither of us ever watched either of the two movies. I...

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