21.8.05

An entry in the style of Agagooga

This post is dedicated to "old style" Agagooga, i.e. before mr brown convinced him to go one-post-per-topic.

On the VS-may-go-coed ruckus:

"For those who are not Victorian, i trust and hope you have seen this spirit within us, when we cheer, when we fight, when we sing! Will girls in Victoria be able to continue this spirit? because to be crudely honest, and i hope no one takes this the wrong way, but girls will NEVER be able to do what we did, to show what we displayed. Please do not get us wrong. We are not sexist, we are not opposed to change. However, when something like this comes along, and our 129 years of tradition and heritage are threatened, WE WILL NOT SIT BACK AND LET THIS HAPPEN."

--- Xi-Wei, "We are here"

This is akin to saying: "Please don't get us wrong. We are not racist, we are not opposed to change. However, when our hundreds-of-years-of-pre-civil-rights tradition and heritage are threatened, WE WILL NOT SIT BACK AND LET THIS HAPPEN. We should not consider integrating our all-white club because blacks will NEVER be able to do what we did, to show what we displayed."

Meanwhile, in the comments section of the above page, lauises writes: "Its true that girls cannot do some things that we do. Not in terms of the excellence, but in others like the way we speak or the way we can relate to each other. To me at least, Victorians communicate in a very mysterious way. As in, really communicate, not just through speech."

I realise that some people have a major hang-up about the fact that girls cannot pee standing up, break their voices or do away with the menstrual cycle without a hysterectomy. But in "the way [VS boys] speak or the way [they] can relate to each other" --- wth?! Are male Victorians psychic now? It's funny, I've never seen my father or uncle display the slightest bit of extra-sensory perception. Oh wait, maybe it's because I'm a girl and wouldn't be able to "really communicate" with them, "not just through speech".

Meanwhile, Agagooga's penned a critique of the furore.

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O'Brien's
has updated its menu! Yay to more chicken options that aren't slathered in mayonnaise.

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The web is taunting me. I wasn't able to connect to Gmail all morning. Blogspot addresses keep returning initial "Document contains no data" error messages too, although they load fine when I reload the page. *growl*

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It's amazing the things one can learn over coffee with Casey. How do you pronounce the words in bold?
  1. Everyone has something to contribute to this project.
  2. I'd like a slice of almond cake, please.
  3. He's a very skilled political operative.
  4. We must educate them better.
  5. What are the economic effects of this change?
  6. It's their problem, not ours.
  7. What's your opinion on this issue?
  8. We're unsure about the cause.
  9. Where's the nearest MRT station?
  10. Do you have any comment on the changes?
Answers:
  1. kun-TRI-bute, not CON-tribute
  2. AH-mon, not AL-mond
  3. puh-LI-tical, not POR-litical
  4. AIR-dju-cate, not AIR-du-cate
  5. eco-NO-mic, not e-CON-nomic
  6. there, not they're
  7. IS-sue or I-SHUE are both acceptable
  8. UN-shore if you're British, UN-shure if you're American
  9. em-AHR-tee, not em-ARUH-tee
  10. COM-ment, not com-MENT (regardless of whether the word is used as a noun or a verb)
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Speaking of language use, here's a recent IM exchange with Agagooga:
Agagooga: "Dudes. /Nice/"
Agagooga: trying to get back into the groove ah
Me: I sometimes feel that slang best expresses the sentiment, when I have no time to sculpt amini-essay.
Agagooga: you're having a mid life crisis
Me: [MSN :P emoticon] See, you made me resort to emoticons
And more recently:
Me: Dude, NICE post on the VS stuff.
Agagooga: Yeah, Dudette!
Agagooga: your mid-life crisis is getting acute ;)
Me: Eh.
Me: I actually used "Dude" a few times in conversation last night. No one batted an eyelid.
Agagooga: I am observant lah
Agagooga: it's a seeming deviation from erstwhile conversational patterns
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If you didn't know already, popagandhi is back in business, with a rubber ducky to cheer her on her way. Faster go and read!

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So the media is trying to milk all they can out of the NKF saga. What about the fact that 4.5 million Singaporeans didn't get to vote in a presidential election because an election commission --- appointed by the ruling government, not elected by the people --- decided that there were no other suitable candidates than the incumbent?

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To the "faceless, mediocre", "angsty, reticent", "recalcitrant" and "slow" former student: Thank you. And you were never faceless, mediocre, angsty, recalcitrant or slow. Reticent, perhaps, but I still have that Buffy calendar.

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A conductor boarded the bus I rode home tonight. As it became apparent that she was going to check every passenger's bus ticket or ez-link card to make sure that everyone had paid or scanned the appropriate fares, a woman seated three rows from the front hastily pressed the bell to indicate that she wanted to alight at the next stop. Unfortunately, she didn't exit her seat quickly enough and had to submit her bus ticket to the conductor first. The conductor waved it at her, a gesture suggesting that the ticket wasn't sufficient for the woman's ride, to which the woman responded something along the lines of, "I know, I know," before clopping down the steps as soon as the bus had halted. I guess people do still try to cheat on their bus fares.

Bloody hell. They've got the red-and-white canopy set up outside our coffeeshop downstairs for the 7th Month dong-dong-chang. And I thought that with the coffeeshop under new management --- in fact, Terz thought the boss might be a Christian --- we could avoid the annual round of late-night rowdiness and shouting-into-the-mike.

I thought I'd halted the curse of the pilsener glasses, but the negative energy's merely been diverted: As I set down one glass tonight (without looking where exactly I was aiming it, as usual), it tapped the top of Terz's Coke glass and promptly chipped a whole piece off, while the offending pilsener glass remained intact. Oops.

I was going to finish my pile of marking after completing this post, but I had to spend almost half an hour excising random font tags that Blogger had wilfully inserted to confound my posting attempt. Now I go to bed, blind but all blogged out.

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10 Comments:

At 8/22/2005 12:38 am , Blogger lost said...

i'm so glad i'm not the only one with blogger woes! are you on starhub? i called them up to ask them to check the connection. currently i can get blogger sites but they're super slow. wonder what's up.

 
At 8/22/2005 2:41 am , Blogger mb said...

Sorry lah, it just had to be done. If it is any consolation, he has gone semi-long and not supoer short posts. Haha.

 
At 8/22/2005 8:39 am , Blogger Postmaster-General said...

What up with the whole Vicotrian thing? Was someone being a sexist?

The whole almonds pronounciation is quite complex i think. US folks say ah-monds, because when i say ahl-monds, they blink. Like pecans too...

 
At 8/22/2005 9:55 am , Blogger Terz said...

Same deal with sell-mon and seh-mon.

 
At 8/22/2005 3:03 pm , Blogger  said...

maybe the VS boys got male-bonding activities that no one knows about or is supposed to know about. hence, being able to "communicate" in other ways, not just speech?

 
At 8/22/2005 7:51 pm , Blogger lancerlord said...

Huh? So short ah. :)

 
At 8/23/2005 12:21 am , Blogger Agagooga said...

Wah I'm a technorati tag

 
At 8/23/2005 2:33 pm , Blogger Tym said...

LcT --- Yes, on Starhub. I haven't had the time recently to surf the web from home, so I hope that it's gone back to normal.

mb --- All your fault!!

Postmaster-General --- There was a news story about the possibility that VS might go coed, which raised the hackles of numerous old boys, resulting in all sorts of ballyhoo all over the web. As for the pronunciation of 'almond', I totally didn't know that till my friend Casey enlightened me!

Terz --- Yeppers.

Ru --- Eeyur! You mean like those male bonding activities involving rugby boys and a cracker? Oh wait, wrong school...

lancerlord --- Sorry, old already, don't have Agagooga's stamina.

Agagooga --- Sure, why not?

 
At 8/23/2005 2:40 pm , Blogger stellou said...

Excuse me, I just want to say that my mother pronounces "carpenter" car-PEN-ter.

And I think she learned it from the carpenter!!!!!

 
At 8/24/2005 11:27 pm , Blogger Tym said...

Stellou dear, we all know that's why your mother is a win.

 

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