4 New Words for the S'porean Vocabulary
Humor: something that is or is designed to be comical or amusing
Sarcasm: a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual
Tongue-in-cheek: characterized by insincerity, irony, or whimsical exaggeration
Jest: an utterance (as a jeer or quip) intended to be taken as mockery or humor
Why? Well, it’s in line with the gahmen’s new campaign to get people to speak better Engrrish. More importantly, on numerous occasions, we make utter fools of ourselves by not recognizing these and responding in the most serious gahmen tone possible.
For instance, take the case of Neil Humphreys’ proposal to set up a nudist colony here. He was being sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek, and humorous. When he suggested the setting up of a nudist colony in Singapore, he was saying it in jest. Indeed, he was taking a pot shot at our gahmen who manage to “legalize and tax every form of gambling known to man” and yet become all conservative and traditional (read Asian values) when it comes to certain other forms of opening up.
Not surprisingly, the next day, a letter writer to the paper responds that she was aghast at the nudist colony suggestion. While she acknowledges that Humphreys’ piece was tongue-in-cheek (although I very much doubt she knows what it means), she continues….people wear clothes out of modesty, no statistical evidence of increasing tourism, why give a minority nudist group space in Singapore when a larger group can benefit from the same space by building something else (you had yet another shopping mall in mind, lady?), blah, blah blah. That’s not all....another letter writer responds to the first reply and argues that golf courses in Singapore serve only a minority but take up a lot of space. Hence the reasons given by the first letter writer may not be very valid.
Please don’t tell me that the two letter writers were also being sarcastic coz if they were, I feel like puking at the standard of Singaporean humor. We will be forty years old in a few weeks, yet we still behave like kindergarten kids.