Faint (2)…

Well, you certainly would if you see all the errors made the the typists at this printing company that I used to go to. You see, before I retired, I was in charge of the publication of the annual school magazine or year book, and each year, after I got back what I had submitted for typing, I would be horrified by the multiple errors made by the girls in the typing pool. It seemed that they were completely illiterate and just typed the letters without understanding a single word. You may find “Lower Six” becoming “Lover Sex”, for instance…which I would not be surprised was probably what was bugging them the whole time in their minds.

Anyway, why I am telling you all this is that the other day, I got a new savings account passbook from my bank…

Bank savings account passbook

Normally, I never bothered to read the fine print but since I was somewhat free, I decided to browse through the rules. It probably was the fault of the typist at the printing company but surely there must be somebody in the bank whose command of the English language would be good enough to proof-read the thing prior to printing.

Right at the bottom of the page, it says:
Whoever found this passbook is to return to the nearest ****Bank branch.
Imagine the poor fella who happens to stumble upon the passbook going back to the bank to turn himself in! LMAO!!!

And just look at the following clause:
****Bank shall be entitled to debit any amount not belonged to the account holder which is erroneously credited into the account by ****Bank.
or this one:
****Bank reserves the right to add, delete or amend any of these rules and regulations at any time and from time to time. Any amendments made to take immediate effect from the date notice is sent to account holder or after displayed in banking hall.
Good grief! A true blue grammarian would have fits upon seeing that!!!

And though the rules are in three languages – English, Malay and Chinese, the final one stipulates that:
In the event there is variation in interpretation between the two languages, the English version shall prevail.

I certainly hope and pray that they are far better when it comes to money matters because they’ve got some of mine. I think I’m going to faint…

P.S.:
I was in the car on my way to the airport to pick Sophia who flew into town yesterday morning, and I heard this song on national radio:

The name of the song is “New Age Girl” by a group called Deadeye Dick and I quite liked it, sort of catchy with some pretty cool guitar works in the middle…until I heard the lyrics, “…She don’t eat meat but she sure like the bone!” Pengsan!!! Other than being grammatically incorrect, if you are familiar with the modern-day lingo, you would agree with me that it should be banned and not played on air. Even the name of the band would conjure certain images in the head, don’t you think? After all, they banned the pretty harmless Peter, Paul and Mary’s “Puff, the magic dragon”, didn’t they? Duh!!!

Author: suituapui

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17 thoughts on “Faint (2)…”

  1. Yay! I’m the first commenter here today! Finally!

    Yes, you are…and I was FC in yours yesterday or was it the day before…and then my comment disappeared, including the one that followed! Now just what was going on? Tsk! Tsk!

  2. I am. Ha 😀 Well sometimes the typos could be really ridiculous. Just like what was written, “Lover Sex”. hahahahahaha 😀

    Didn’t anyone proofread the book first?

    Not typos lah…but total ignorance of the English language. Luckily, we edited the drafts thoroughly before printing, but I know many schools don’t…so you can see all the glaring errors in their magazines!

  3. The Lover Sex typo.. was that done intentionally? Creative minds.. lol.. As for me, I never bother to read the fine prints in my savings book, perhaps I better read mine, see got grammar mistakes or not ..but then, I, for one, is one of them, not a good grammarian too ..lol.. .. A teacher is always a teacher… *check check for grammar mistakes* 🙂

    Occupational hazard! Old habits die hard! Nope, it wasn’t intentional – just blind typing and the typists did not know English at all, so they just typed….

  4. the ‘lover sex’ is just too hilarious. those words in the savings book is too small for me to see. I just check on the numbers whether it is correct or not. Haha. My grammar is bad too. No english tuition for me last time and I tell myself that next time I will make sure I send my kids for english tuition.
    The bank is nice to have given out passbook. Maybank just give me a paper!! I guess the bank also try to save on the passbook.

    I think you have to pay for a passbook…RM8.00 a year or something. Ya…some banks will send you a monthly statement, and all banking done through machines.

  5. OMG. Lower Six become Lover Sex?! Most likely that no one in the printing company bothered to proof-read the typing before compiling it into a book…

    That was our school mag, and luckily I insisted on careful editing before printing! Imagine all the photos of the students in the Lover Sex classes… Hahahahahaha!!!

  6. BAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA!!! The Lover Sex wan really funny! That made my day…Hahahahahaha!!! 😀

    You like that, eh? Sigh! English is really going to the dogs…

  7. Tell you a secret,,STP, everytime i read your post, i will always learn some good english from you…

    take care now

    Flatterer! Don’t worry, when I go Penang, I belanja you makan! Hahahahaha!

  8. “She don’t eat meat but she sure like the bone” hahahaha.. had me rolling on the floor in laughter that lyric did… hahaha

    aNYWAY.. yeah.. that’s one way for songsters and lyricist to be able to get their “message” across without fear of being stopped by the censor police.. by disguising it to mean something else….

    *hey.. it could be perfectly innocent… like the motto goes.. evil is he who thinks evil* HAHAHAHAHAHA

    What “think evil”? It’s as clear as day…just that the dinosaurs are not familiar with the “terminology”…or their English just ain’t that good to know what’s going on.

  9. i m not a good grammarian too, but i worked in printing companies (many companies) before and they do not do re-type without proof read. i m sure ‘lover sex’ that part is made up by you.. for the sake of looking down on illiterates hehe~

    Wanna bet? RM100? RM1K? Or more? I can go and dig out the old school mag. The students in the editorial board managed to edit the ’sex’ but missed out a couple of the ‘lover’. Are you accusing me of fabricating stories, my dear lady? Tsk! Tsk! Take the bet if you dare…and that’s a challenge! Otherwise, I would think that an apology is in order.

    1. I’m betting RM1million on STP! Hahahahahahaha!!! 😛

      Bet you would…and you’ll surely win! That fella doesn’t stand a chance…and no sound from her at all, it seems!!!

  10. I also nearly fainted when i saw the lower six became lover sex! Ooh… sexy error!

    That was the last time I left it all (or mostly) to the students. After that, even though they had gone through everything, I would check it all over again myself…and still one or two errors might slip through – what S.H.Tan called the “printer’s hantu”…. You only get to see it after the thing has been printed…

  11. teach me the secret of your youthfulness!

    Hah!!! Have you been drinking? Or are you up to something? LOL!!! Don;t worry! Will see you in KL, sure belanja you makan one! 😉

  12. I think that dish is called ‘Moonlight kueh tiaw’. My mee sua was not bad- that’s why I didn’t say anything. You were definitely raving about your kueh tiaw.

    Ok…two out of three ain’t bad! Ya, it was good – usually kway teow over here can be quite miserable right down to the quality of the kway teow itself…

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