I really must apologise if you find that I have not been dropping by your blogs that regularly to comment or worse, if I’ve inadvertently missed out yours altogether. You see, last Tuesday night, my mum was admitted into a medical centre here so I was caught up with shuttling here and there – staying with her to keep her company and do whatever I could during the day and at night, I had to camp out on the couch at my parents’ house as my sis would be keeping vigil at the centre and we did not want to leave my dad to sleep on his own at home. Thankfully, she is all right now and has been discharged so our lives have more or less gone back to the normal routine.

You can categorise it as an occupational hazard, something that English teachers would have the natural tendency to do for while I was at the centre, one thing that I did was taking note of all the errors in the signs like this one, for instance…

silent VS silence

I guess everybody knows that they should have used the noun, silence, instead of the adjective, silent and this next one is a common error really – the confusion between lost and loss (as well as lose and loose)…

loss vs lost

My students used to confuse the two as well and also in the case of this one that I saw in the notice in the washroom, reminding people not to dispose off their sanitary napkins into the toilet bowls. I guess somehow off seems to convey the idea of throwing it away but if you think of getting rid of something, perhaps you will never ever get it wrong again.

In this one, they should have used the past participle-adjective, closed, instead of close

close vs closed

…but there can be no denying that English is indeed a mind-boggling language as for some reason or other, we would say – leave the door open…and not opened. Thus, the centre was officially declared open and not opened

open vs opened


This one tickled me a bit as I was wondering when I saw it, whether the buds would eventually blossom into cigarettes…

butts vs buds

…and I was not surprised that dustbin had been spelt without the consonant t. Many are not too bothered about pronouncing these sounds clearly when they speak the language and I would think that actually,ย ashtray alone would suffice.

There wasn’t any error in this one though…


…but it made me imagine going into the consultation room and there he was – that muscular sledge hammer-wielding comic hero. That would be interesting, don’t you think? LOL!!!

Anyway, I’m back now…so you WILL give me a little time to catch up with things, won’t you?

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

35 thoughts on “Apologise…”

  1. Good to know tat ur mum is ok……
    Me n my wife laff so loud on d mighty Thor….
    I guess tat all girls r lining up….. to see Chris Hemsworth

    LOL!!! I hope the guy doesn’t read my blog. ๐Ÿ˜€ My mum’s getting on ok now, thanks.

  2. glad to know that your mum is OK now..

    and thanks for sharing this post (a lot more useful for me than those food photos), i did make some of those mistakes, haha~~ ๐Ÿ˜€ please help to point out if you see any mistake i make in my posts too, hehe!!

    Yes, she is, thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚ You? Your English’s fine – no problem at all…or not that I’ve noticed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Dr. Thor? *SWOON* I wanna be sick too, just to see the mighty Thor. LOL. Ada Dr. Kent or Dr. Stark (Ironman) or not?

    Neway, hope your mum will be okay soon. I haven’t been active too…my grandpa masuk ICU last week, and I’m in no mood to do anything online except for Fb-ing…

    She’s fine now, thanks…but of course, still unable to walk, bedridden as always so I have to keep to my babysitting schedule. Hope your grandpa’s ok now…or getting better.

    1. Glad to hear your mum is okay now. My grandpa… he’s stable now, things are looking positive, but they are still keeping an eye on him in the ICU, just in case he have another episode or two ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’m praying really hard so that God will keep an eye on him and make him better soon. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Ok…hope he’ll be out of there soon. Hospitals are such depressing places really… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  4. I’m sorry too if i still miss out any of your post. =S
    Hope you don’t mind me ya. =p

    btw! pressure wey! my grammar sucks too. =(
    luckily u never pinpoint all my grammar mistakes, perhaps there are too many already. LOL

    LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ No worries. As long as I can understand but as far as I can see, I think you’re fine. The way the standard of English is dropping these days, I would expect to see errors like these all around, not just at the centre. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  5. The mistakes look pretty familiar. I could identify which medical centre that is based on the mistakes on the signs alone!

    It’s indeed hard to control but the Grammar Nazi in me kicks in pretty often too.

    Good to know that your mother’s doing well by the way. Take care! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks, Ryan. Actually, I found out that they’ve a retired English teacher working there part-time but I guess she’s too busy with her duties to bother about all the errors in the use of the language at the centre.

  6. I’ve been in the centre for 2 straight days as well, saw you a couple of times but don’t think you’ve seen me. This is a great post btw, should find a way to share it to anyone working there, would be interesting, hehe.

    You did? I was looking out for you since I saw your update on Facebook but I did not see you anywhere. I only saw your father.

    Oh no! I hope nobody gets to see this or I may be blacklisted and next time, if they need to give me an injection, they’ll use a bigger needle. *faints!!! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Nah, I think the management would THANK you for pin pointing their grammar mistakes! Maybe even feel a tad bit ashamed, who knows… hehe!

      Ya, at least I’m not charging anything…not like how they charge their patients. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Hey.. no wonder you mentioned you were tired too… hope your mum is in good health now..
    by the way, is that a proper way to say that The Medical Centre is Declared Opened…etc etc.. . Thinking back, I dont remember seeing “Declared Open”… sounds kind of funny though… what do you think, teacher?

    Should be “is officially declared open…” or “is officially opened…” Yup, my mum’s ok now, thanks.

  8. the signs that makes us laugh…

    hope all’s fine with your mum. happy valentine’s day to you and your loved ones!

    She’s fine now, thanks and Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours…

  9. all these engrish in a single medical centre? haha..
    good post!
    and yes, good to hear that your mum is all fine. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ya, praise the Lord. Well, haven’t been around eating much…so will have to look for something else to post for a change. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Arthur, no need to apologize for not visiting our blog. We know you would if you could. I am happy to hear that your mum is getting better now. My English sucks so it is not my place to comment on the mistakes made on those signs. hehe.. I am so glad you still come read my posts and not be turned off by the many grammar and spelling mistakes I often made. My Quay Lo shakes his head especially when I use “she” for “he” and “he” for “she” or mix up present tense with past tense. Haiyah, very confusing lah! LOL!

    Oh dear! I must remember to watch what I say when I get to meet your Quay Lo… Bet he’ll be shaking his head even harder. Muahahahahaha!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Wish you mom speedy recovery. Great lesson! Love to learn and correct our common mistakes in Engrishe hope you can post more of these mistooken-ed Engrishe..~;)

    She’s fine now, thanks. You? Shereen said that when she went to your blog, she was amazed at how good your English was…unlike in your comments. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. I agree with Shereen. Bananaz’s English is perfecto. He is just trying to be cute lah! hehe

      Yes, she was wondering after reading his comments and so she went and checked his blog and she was very impressed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Hey, what were you doing in the ladies’ restroom or since when men started to use sanitary pads, huh?
    Hope your mom is alright now:)

    It was a shared toilet lah…a common one in one of the wards that night when my mum was admitted as there were no single rooms available. Thankfully, they got her her own room the very next day. Not too keen on sharing a toilet with all the other patients…

  13. me too …always confuse “lose and loose”.

    Glad your mom is better.

    I’m sure you would not want people to refer to you as a loose woman with loose morals but I wouldn’t mind it one bit though if my pants were a bit loose… Nothing to do with lose-losing-lost…or loss.

    1. there might be bleeding probably on the upper part of the gut. i hope her gut heals completely. ๐Ÿ™‚ prayed for her complete healing ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks so much. Did an endoscopy – the bleeding had stopped by then but the doc injected some medicine to prevent any recurrence. Has returned to normal, her stool – the colour & texture.

    1. I do!! Some are really funny especially that Dr Thor and Cigarette butts. :p Hope you don’t have any headache and head shaking reading my blog. hahahah!! You have a good day.

      You too. Well, your blog’s fine… Never noticed anything – some can be so hard to read, very hard to understand what he or she is saying.

  14. I know how much you cringed each time u read my blog post. Lots of errors as I don’t normally proof read my entry as even if I do, I won’t be able to spot my own mistake ๐Ÿ˜›

    No leh? Never noticed… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. Praise the LORD, your mummy has been discharged and well now. English words is something quite confusing I should say and most of the times we can’t see our own mistakes. It is good to point out so that we know.

    Yes, thank God indeed. Well, it’s not our 1st language so we’re bound to make slips time and again but I do think it is good to correct ourselves and learn as we go along.

  16. Glad to hear that your mum is well now.

    This is what i like about blogging, blog and learn english at the same time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    No need to apologise, i hardly update my blog too. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Wish i can have more time. sigh.

    I can imagine. With your twins, you already have your hands full.

  17. LOL! You and your occupational hazards! i must admit, there are certain commonly used English phrases that I get confused with sometimes too.. can’t seem to recall right now. Anyway, glad to know that your mom is fine now.. Back to blogging!

    Yup! Back to the old routine. Glad that has passed… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. We got your messages. We shall proceed to change most if not all the “problem signboards”.
    By the way Dr. Thor is a 5 ft 10 handsome man of moderate build. (or should it be BUILT?)
    Dr. Peter Tang, Rejang Medical Centre.

    Oops! Just the SILENT one that sticks out like a sore thumb probably owing to the size and colour…and yes, it should be “built”. No offence, just being a little naughty there. Cheers…and all the best.

  19. Good to hear your mom is doing fine….Sigh…you know my english is poor =). Cukup makan only..ahahhah

    Not really… Pretty ok to me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. oh dear.. here’s praying for a speedy recovery for your mum..

    These signs are everywhere, but it’s horrifying that you saw so many at one go

    She’s ok now, thanks. I’m afraid it’s not just here but even in the cities like KL or Georgetown. English in Malaysia is going to the dogs… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  21. AW – glad to hear your mama is doing fine now.
    Iโ€™m sure the medical centre appreciates your pointing out to them the errors. One other confusion โ€“ usage of who and whomโ€ฆ
    Idioms, collective nouns โ€“ it was fun to learn ๐Ÿ™‚

    She is, thanks. “whom” is slowly becoming obsolete…but being old, a dinosaur, I would insist on it being used and used correctly.
    Eg. The man whom I was talking to is my student’s father.
    You use “whom” if the subject of the (adjectival) clause (I) is not the same as the subject of the main clause/sentence (The man).
    When unsure, just use “that”. I wish the present-day students would say the same – that it is fun to learn English.

    1. Didn’t know that “whom” is becoming obsolete – why is the word being ‘ousted’?? I have come across the word being used incorrectly this way, eg. “…Matt, whom is the proprietor of…”

      I had very good and interesting English teachers in both primary and secondary schools. I am old, too, and I would like to keep the “whom” ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I guess people keep using it wrongly so more and more have decided to just do away with it. Like if you knock on someone’s door and a voice inside asks, “Who’s there?”, how will you respond: “It is I!” or “It’s me!”?

  22. Either! “It is I (tis I – sounds a bit Shakespearen, heh heh!!) ” is rather formal and I don’t think many of us use it. “It’s me” – sounds warm ๐Ÿ˜‰

    That’s what everyone would say today but actually, that was supposed to be wrong. Anyway, it’s accepted now and nobody would say, “It is I!” except perhaps old boring English teachers like me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. I have not been visiting blogs for the past few days. Guess I have a lot to catch up!
    I’m glad to know that your mom is fine now ๐Ÿ™‚

    She is, thank goodness. Back to the normal routine now…

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