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Manglish vs Proper English!

While the government and various parties are still quarelling over whether to teach school subjects in BM or English, lets deviate and talk about another related issue – the age old Manglish vs. English showdown!

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Manglish is our malaysian take on the english language, with added flavors of exotic words and syllables. They are one-of-a-kind and unique, but is it in a good way?

For example:“Why you so like that one? Don’ play-play-lah!”

“Where got such a ting?”

Obviously, sentences like these totally confuse any visiting foreigners, but to Malaysians they somehow make perfect sense.

So is Manglish a useful communication tool or does it prevent Malaysians speaking English properly? The Malaysian government hasn’t taken a strong stance, unlike the Singaporean government, which is trying to ban ‘Singlish’. Therefore, to help you decide whether to embrace Manglish or not, we present the Ultimate Showdown Between Manglish and English:

I wan Manglish lah… coz… English should prevail because
* It sounds ‘fake’ for Malaysians to speak proper English
Many Manglish speakers worry that if they talk properly, their friends will think that they are putting on airs. ‘Why you tok liedat ah?’ ‘You ting you are a matsalleh, is it?’
* Speaking Manglish makes you sound uneducated“That one no good oledi!” How are you supposed to impress people if you walk about saying things like that? At a job interview, you will die-lah.What happens if you have business overseas with foreigners? They will all laugh at the way you speak. It’s not that difficult to speak properly with a bit of effort, so why sound uneducated?
*If you speak proper English, many Malaysians won’t understand
After all, there are many people in Malaysia who have an extremely limited grasp of English. If you use bombastic words and phrases (like ‘bombastic’), they will not understand. So to be understood, you need to speak Manglish.
* Manglish isn’t even English
Manglish can be classified as a pidgin or creole language, a simplified form of English mixed with Malay and Chinese, which is becoming (or has become) a separate language from standard English.
* Language is a communication tool
The purpose of language is to communicate. Manglish actually helps people to communicate better because it is easier to understand. Even in the world of business, people give presentations and write reports in Manglish.
* Manglish prevents Malaysia from being competitive
The reason the Malaysian government encourages the use of English is to boost the nation’s competitiveness. However, Manglish has exactly the opposite effect. For example, call centres in Cyberjaya are shutting down and moving to other countries because overseas callers are fed up with hearing ‘no-lah’ and ‘ya-lah’ when they call up with a technical problem. Meanwhile, Countries like Thailand, Korea and China are succeeding in raising the level of English over there.
* It’s better to speak broken English than not speak English at all
People who speak Manglish are trying their best. Just because their English isn’t perfect, you shouldn’t judge them. After all, the Government is trying to improve the standard of English in the country and everyone needs to do their part.
* Even if Manglish is okay for spoken English, it is not appropriate for written English
It is not realistic to use words like ‘oledi’ and ‘liedat’ in written English Imagine what the newspapers would be like if the whole country could only understand Manglish!
* Malaysians have a right to speak their own kind of English
In America, people speak American English. In Australia, people speak Australian English. What’s wrong with Malaysians speaking Malaysian English? After all, every country has its own slang and accent. For example, Americans say cellphone, Brits say mobile phone and Malaysians say handphone. What’s wrong with that?
* If you learn Manglish, you will never improve your English
Once you get into the habit of speaking broken English, it is really difficult to speak proper English. It’s better to learn correct English from scratch.
* Manglish has become part of Malaysian culture and heritage
Manglish has become something we can be proud of. Why try to hide it? It’s part of our cultural heritage. And it’s something that all Malaysians can participate in, no matter which ethnicity. Muhibbah! Plus tourists think it’s cute when they hear people saying lah all the time.
* To communicate effectively, you need to speak properly
Manglish is a simplified form of English. To express yourself well, you need to understand the nuances and subtleties of English. Imagine if Shakespeare had spoken Manglish. Instead of ‘Romeo, wherefore art thou?’ it would be ‘Eh, Lomeo, you where-ah?’

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Interesting facts about English

 Fun Facts: English Words


The oldest words in the English language are around 14,000 years old, originating in a pre-Indo-European language group called Nostratic (“our language”) by experts. Words from this language group that survive in modern English include apple (apal), bad (bad), gold (gol), and tin (tin). (source)

The word arctic is derived from the ancient Greek word for bear, arktos. The reason is that the constellation of Ursa Major, the Great Bear, lies in the northern sky. (source)

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In Old English, the word with meant “against”. This meaning is still preserved in phrases such as “to fight with”. (source)

No English words rhyme fully with orange, <!– purple, actually, curple and hirple rhyme with purple –>silver, or month (there are, however, some partial rhymes, or pararhymes, for these words, such as salver for silver and lozenge for orange). (source)

The longest English word that contains neither A, E, I, O, nor U is rhythms. (source)

In English, the days of the week are named after the Saxon gods (except for Saturday, which is named after the Roman god of agriculture). Sunday is named after the sun, Monday after the moon, Tuesday after Tiw, Wednesday after Woden, Thursday after Thor, Friday after Frige, and Saturday after Saturn. (source)

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The word boycott comes from Charles C. Boycott. He was hired by an Irish earl to collect high rents from tenant farmers who completely ignored him. (source)

The word “mile” comes from the Roman milia, “thousands”. The Romans measured distances in paces, which were about five feet. So, milia passum, 1,000 paces or about 5,000 feet, was the length of a mile. (source)


Part of a Roman soldier’s pay was called salarium argentium, “salt money”, which was used to buy the then-precious commodity, and so pay today is called a “salary”. (source)

The word typewriter is one of the longest that can be typed using only the top row of a standard QWERTY keyboard. Others are perpetuity, proprietor, and repertoire and, if you include obscure words, the longest is rupturewort. The longest words that can be typed using only the home row are alfalfas and, counting obscure words, haggadahs and halakhahs. No words can be typed using only the bottom row, because that row contains no vowels. (source)

The longest words that can be typed on a standard QWERTY keyboard using only the left hand are twelve letters long. There are six such words: aftereffects, desegregated, desegregates, reverberated, reverberates, and stewardesses. (source)

The word slave comes from Slav, the name of a group of Eastern European peoples. In antiquity, Germanic tribes captured Slavs and sold them to the Romans as slaves. The Latin word for slave, addict, has become the English word for someone dependent on something harmful. (source)

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“Journal” does not have any letters in common with the Latin word from which it is derived: dies, “day.” Intermediate steps in the word’s development include the Latin diurnus, the Italian giorno, and the French jour. (source)

The quark, a building block of the proton, got its name from James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, from the line “Three quarks for Muster Mark! Sure he hasn’t got much of a bark”. (source)


The word “uptown” was in use before the word “downtown” was. Both words were originally used to describe parts of Manhattan. (source)

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A group of magpies is called a tiding, one of ravens an unkindness, one of turtledoves a pitying, one of starlings a murmuration, one of swans a lamentation, one of ponies a string, one of rattlesnakes a rhumba, one of crows a murder, one of cobras a quiver, one of foxes a skulk, one of emus a mob, one of elks a gang, one of cats a clowder, one of flamingoes a pat, and one of bears a sleuth. Groups of geese are named in a peculiar manner; when they are on the ground they are called a “gaggle”, but in the air they are called a “skein”. (source)

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Viking ships were steered by rudders on the right side, which the Vikings called styrbord, Old Norse for “steer side”, from which the English word “starboard” comes. The Vikings docked their ships on the left side, which they called the ladebord, the “loading side”. This eventually became the English “larboard”, which sounded so much like “starboard” that it caused problems. Eventually, the British Admiralty ordered that the left side be known as the “port” side. (source)

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The word “daisy” comes from the Old English “daeges eage”, meaning “day’s eye”, as it reminded people of the sun.

Many European advances during the Middle Ages were made possible by the Moorish occupation of Spain. The most important was the use of Arabic numerals. The Moors also brought other discoveries to Europe, which is reflected by the fact that words such as “algebra”, “lute”, and “magazine” are of Arabic origin. The Moors also introduced to Europe the game of chess.


The verb “cleave” has two opposite meanings. It can mean to adhere or to separate.

The words “beef” and “cow” come from the same Indo-European root.

Names for numbers prior to 1974
Name U.S. U.K.
Millard 109
Billion 109 1012
Trillion 1012 1018
Quadrillion 1015 1024
Quintillion 1018 1030
Sextillion 1021 1036
Septillion 1024 1042
Octillion 1027 1048
Nonillion 1030 1054
Decillion 1033 1060
Undecillion 1036 1066
Duodecillion 1039 1072
Tredecillion 1042 1078
Quattuordecillion 1045 1084
Quindecillion 1048 1090
Sexdecillion 1051 1096
Septendecillion 1054 10102
Octodecillion 1057 10108
Novemdecillion 1060 10114
Vigintillion 1063 10120
Centillion 10303 10600

Before 1974, a billion in the United States of America was different from a billion in Great Britain. An American or short scale billion was a thousand million (1,000,000,000), but a British or long scale billion was a million million (1,000,000,000,000). Other names for large numbers also differed between the two countries. Starting in 1974, however, the short scale numbers started to be used exclusively in Great Britain. The original usage is the former British usage (around 1484, N. Chuquet invented the words billion through nonillion to denote the second through ninth powers of a million, while around the middle of the seventeenth century, French arithmeticians began using these words to denote the third through tenth powers of a thousand). (source)


Until the seventeenth century the word “upset” meant to set up (i.e. erect) something. Now it means the opposite: “to capsize”. (source)

According to the third edition of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, there are 20 valid words containing no vowels. (source)

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“Dreamt” is the only English word ending in “mt”. (source)

The word “dunce”, meaning a dull-witted or ignorant person, comes from the name of John Duns Scotus (1265-1308), one of the greatest minds of his time. Scotus, born in Scotland, wrote treatises on grammar, logic, metaphysics, and theology. He was educated at Cambridge and Oxford and pursued his master’s degree in theology at the University of Paris where, in 1303, he became embroiled in one of the most heated disputes of the day. France’s King Philip IV had moved to tax the Church in order to finance his war with England; in response, Pope Boniface VIII threatened to excommunicate him. For supporting the pope, Duns Scotus was banished from France. He later assumed a university professorship in Cologne. The term “dunce” was coined two centuries later by people who disagreed with Scotus’ teachings and his defence of the papacy. To them, any of his followers (a “Duns man” or “Dunce”) was dull-witted, “incapable of scholarship and stupid”. (source)

The word “kindergarten” comes from the German for “children’s garden”. Friedrich Froebel, who coined the term, originally was planning to use the term “Kleinkinderbeschäftigungsanstalt” instead. (source)

The largest number in the English language with a word naming it is a googolplex. This number is equal to 10 to the power of a googol, or 1010^100, which would be written as 1 followed by 10100 zeroes (except that, as there are far fewer particles in the universe than there are zeroes in a googolplex, the number could never be written out in full). The names “googol” and “googolplex” were both suggested in the 1930s by the nine-year-old nephew of mathematician Dr. Edward Kasner. (source)


The first use of the word “robot” to describe advanced humanlike machines was in 1920, in R.U.R., an early science fiction play. It comes from the Czech word robota, meaning “compulsory labour”. (source)

The word “tragedy” is derived from two Greek words meaning “goat song”.

The word “abracadabra” originated in Roman times as part of a prayer to the god Abraxas.

One of the possible etymologies for the word “lackey” is from the Arabic al-qadi, meaning “the judge”.


– taken from All Fun and Games

English Language

English is a West Germanic language that arose in the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England and spread into what was to become south-east Scotland under the influence of the Anglian medieval kingdom of Northumbria. Following the economic, political, military, scientific, cultural, and colonial influence of Great Britain and the United Kingdom from the 18th century, via the British Empire, and of the United States since the mid-20th century,[7][8][9][10] it has been widely dispersed around the world, become the leading language of international discourse, and has acquired use as lingua franca in many regions.[11][12] It is widely learned as a second language and used as an official language of the European Union and many Commonwealth countries, as well as in many world organizations. It is the third most natively spoken language in the world, after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.[13]

Historically, English originated from the fusion of languages and dialects, now collectively termed Old English, which were brought to the eastern coast of Great Britain by Germanic (Anglo-Saxon) settlers by the 5th century – with the word English being derived from the name of the Angles.[14] A significant number of English words are constructed based on roots from Latin, because Latin in some form was the lingua franca of the Christian Church and of European intellectual life.[15] The language was further influenced by the Old Norse language due to Viking invasions in the 8th and 9th centuries.

The Norman conquest of England in the 11th century gave rise to heavy borrowings from Norman-French, and vocabulary and spelling conventions began to give the superficial appearance of a close relationship with Romance languages[16][17] to what had now become Middle English. The Great Vowel Shift that began in the south of England in the 15th century is one of the historical events that mark the emergence of Modern English from Middle English.

Owing to the significant assimilation of various European languages throughout history, modern English contains a very large vocabulary. The Oxford English Dictionary lists over 250,000 distinct words, not including many technical or slang terms, or words that belong to multiple word classes

– taken from Wikipedia

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