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.

2 Comments:

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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