Thursday, 26 May 2016

Lake Bell iPhone 6s Commercial Curious Accent

Lake Bell does a great British accent but her own native US accent sounds weird ... almost as if she's deliberately emphasizing every syllable she can and slowly, which is so unAmerican!! It is such a "hard, almost cold" accent which, from my perspective, means when I hear Bell speak (as in the iPhone 6s advertisements, which for the first time use a female narrator) I am instantly suspicious of the message.

iPhone 6s Ad -- Less Time

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

1750 HKSAR Name of the Day

Alain Sham Chung-ping, prosecutor in Edthancy's case about defrauding TVB, Hong Kong

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Monday, 23 May 2016

Engrish Writing Competition

There is a shockingly atrocious email from the New York Times' Head of Education (Asia Pacific), Ms Mandy Lam, that contains numerous errors in English (please read below).

So instead of participating in the NYT's 2016 English Writing Competition, we should have a competition to see how many grammatical mistakes there are in Ms Lam's email, which was sent to all universities and high schools in Hong Kong ... and presumably to similar education institutions in the Asia Pacific region as well.

Mandy Lam, you should be marked down for your work (you may well blame your underlings or interns, but you are still responsible and accountable for your diabolical email). You should be thoroughly ashamed of being the NYT's head of education.

How many grammatical errors are there?? Shocking.

Reference (this was the mass email sent by Mandy Lam today to all universities and high schools)

From: Lam, Mandy <>
Date: Monday, 23 May 2016
Subject: English Writing Competition Asia Pacific - Call for Entries

Dear all,

New York Times are pleased to having the 2016 English Writing Competition in Asia Pacific 

We are now Call for Entries and The topic of this year 2016 is "Global Youth", attached herewith the Terms and Condition for your reference. All participants will get the certificate of participation and the shortlisted articles will publish in a booklet and send out to the schools in Asia Pacific. The champion article will publish in International New York Times Asia Pacific Edition.

I also enclosed the 2015 booklet of articles under the topic of Global Education to you. 

We have two category of Writing Competition: University and Secondary School.

This is a good writing exercise to share your works across Asia Pacific and learn from each others. Please feel free to invite any of your students to join the Writing Competition.

Looking forward to your submission.


Head of Education, Asia Pacific
International New York Times
1201, K Wah Center, 191 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong
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1749 HKSAR Name of the Day

Katiryn Cheung Suen, Hung Hom, Hong Kong (SCMP letters 16 May 2011)

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Name Category: Creation; Substitution

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Saturday, 21 May 2016

1748 HKSAR Name of the Day

Samson Hung Kin-man, barrister (to Tam Mei-kam, mother of late singer Anita Mui Yim-fong, who failed in her challenge of the validity of her daughter's will in May 2011), Hong Kong
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Name Category: Rare; Literature-based; Son-suffix; Somewhat common in Hong Kong

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Thursday, 19 May 2016

1747 HKSAR Name of the Day

Shera Yeung, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong (SCMP letters 19 May 2011)

Aramaic origin; the meaning of Shera is "brightness"

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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

1746 HKSAR Name of the Day

Heine Yuan (Mr), 24-year-old cyclist killed in a road accident by a minibus (6 May 2011), Hong Kong

Old German; Heine means "home leader"

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