Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Grammar Nazi 


My English is losing.

As much as I am native in the language, my Singlish surfaces ever so often.

My biggest crime? Saying "like that", when it really should be "like this". It drives E absolutely mad when I say it, but I can't help it! I am like that one!

E: "It's a beautiful day!"
T: "I love weather like that!"
E: "Like THIS you mean."
T: "No, like THAT, cos the sky is far away and I'm pointing at the far distance!"
E: "Like THIS, like THIS, UGGGHHH!"

Or how about reported speech?

T: "Did you hear what I say?"
E: "Say it again."
T: "Did you hear what I said?"
E" "Yes, what I SAID, not what I say, UGGGHHH!"

And of course there is my perennial confusion with tissue.

T: "Can you pass me some tissue paper?"
E: "Tissue paper?"
T: "Can you pass me a piece of tissue?"
E: "A piece of tissue?"
T: "JUST PASS ME THE TISSUE!"
E: "Can I pass you a tissue? Sure!"

I've inadvertently turned my boyfriend into a grammar Nazi.

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