Sunday, April 09, 2006

AXS Machine

Trying to pay a bill at an AXS Machine, I saw this. For those not in the know, these are various automated payment terminals scattered around the island, enabling to pay one's bills & fines, buy tickets and so on, electronically with the use of a debit card.

'can be process'? A typical example of how Singaporeans make a mess of the Passive Voice. That should read 'can be processed' - not 'can be process'. Similar mistakes abound everywhere - just last night, a menu I was reading described a dish as 'serve with chips on the side'. Then there are all those twits who describe themselves as having 'a fit and tone body'.

I'd remind readers that this is a payment terminal for paying, among other bodies, the Government. Use of bad English at this level is inexcusable.


Anonymous jin said...

"serve with chips on the side" might just be some working instructions for the staff... you never know...

Mon Apr 10, 09:43:00 pm GMT+8  
Anonymous jin said...

and "one single" is redundant

Mon Apr 10, 11:23:00 pm GMT+8  

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