Browsing Month September, 2008

What a bitchin’ word!

Read my latest column in the Malaysia Star, bitches. … One of the measures of whether or not a word is considered safe, at least by Americans, is whether or not it’s OK to say it on television during prime time, when the whole family might be watching. “Bitch” is one of those words. In more…

Don’t forget about the dialect: dauncy/donsie, faunch, and jockey box

My latest column in the Malaysia Star. … In all the talk in this space about slang, it’s easy to forget about dialect. Dialect is that language of a specific group of people from a particular ethnic or geographic background. It’s the kind of English – a word, a turn of phrase, a special pronunciation more…