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Archive for September 20th, 2007

Speak Good English Movement (Speak GEM)

Thanks to Oliver Seetand his Committee for the GEMs stories shared with all of us. Hopefully, the common mistakes shown will not make us so self-conscious about our speech that we shut up instead.

One is reminded of the story about the millipede. Apparently some small forest creature asked the millipede how it could move so easily when it had so many legs.

“Do you start off with your left foot or your right? Which foot comes next, and next, and next, and next …?”

This started the millipede on his psycho-analysis of movement. It thought so much about the correct sequencing of its leg movements that it started tripping over itself! From then onwards, it could not move as easily as it had done before.

I guess when it comes to sharing one’s thought with others, advice like the following may be useful:

Stand Up
Speak Up
Shut up

Re-trievia recalled: Excerpts from Year 2000
Tan Wee Kiat


Written by Ivan Chew

20 September, 2007 at 9:36 pm

Posted in Year 2000