11 words usually mangled by Singaporeans

Or mangered werds depending on who's saying it.

By Jonathan Lim | March 13, 2014

Once they start speaking, Singaporeans can easily identify each other in a sea of strangers in a foreign land. The beauty of our Singlish must be celebrated. Here are 11 words we mangle but we can still get our points across.

Note: this was inspired by some public servants and their daily brushes with funny enunciation.

 

1. Children [chil-druhn]

chewren

 

2. Anything starting with Th-

tree trees

tanks

 

3. Government [guhv-ern-muhnt, ‐er-muhnt]

Gahmen

 

4. Words ending with -l or -le

Singapore Ger

trouber

 

5. Milk [milk] – lol like that’s going to help.

mewk

 

6. Adding -s or -ed into words that don’t need them

quitted stuffs

 

7. Sorry [sor-ee, sawr-ee]

solly

 

8. Bread [bred]

brat

 

9. When the ‘i’ becomes a ‘ee’

feesh

 

10. Lingerie [lahn-zhuh-rey, lan-zhuh-ree, -juh-; French lanzhuh-ree]

lingerie

 

11. Lavender [lav-uhn-der]

lavendar

 

*Bonus word* Pronounce [pro-nouns]

Many people assume that the correct pronunciation  of ‘pronounce’ is [pruh-nuhns]. They are misled because ‘pronunciation’ is pronounced as [pruh-nuhn-see-ey-shuhn]. So everyone, don’t be a smart alec, the correct way is what you’ve been saying all along – [pro-nouns].

 

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