A tribute to our good old Singlish
Mon, Dec 13, 2010

Singlish is an integral part of our Singaporean identity, and one true blue Singaporean has been fighting to keep it alive for the last 30 years - by penning down Singlish phrases used by everyday Singaporeans.

The result? Two books titled "Eh, Goondu!" and "Lagi Goondu", published in the 1980s that went on to become best sellers.

The author, Sylvia Toh, launched her sixth book, "The Complete Eh, Goondu!" on Sunday (December 12). This book, a compilation of her two best sellers from the 1980s, comes with a new foreward and a new book cover. However, the content remains the same.

Sylvia hopes the new book will help post-baby boomers appreciate Singapore's social fabric of the 1980s. As for the baby boomers themselves, she hopes the read will a trip down memory lane as they re-live life in Singapore as it was in the 1970s and 1980s.

Observing the evolution in Singlish over time, Sylvia noted that Singlish phrases back in the 1970s and 1980s involved mostly Hokkien influences, coupled with smatterings of Teochew and Cantonese phrases, as dialects were still very much in use in those days.

These phrases have petered down over the years simply because most households now speak only Mandarin.

The 64-year-old writer, who is also a columnist with The New Paper, also observed the similarities between Singlish and American slang due to the heavy exposure to Western media.

Find out how else Singlish as a language has changed with the times, on RazorTV.




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