Thursday, September 11, 2008

Global Singaporeans, Local Food

‘Would you believe that most Norwegians take a four-week summer vacation every year? But do not go packing your bags just yet, especially if you love local food’ (Sunday Times Lifestyle, 7 September 2008).

By which the writer meant Singaporean food. Are we Singaporeans so globalized, that everywhere else in the world is we go is local?

For some reason, many Singaporeans equate the term local with Singaporean, forgetting that it takes its reference from the context in which it appears (in the extract, it has to be Norway, since we are talking about Norwegians).

Seems you can take the Singaporean out of Singapore, but not the Singapore out of the Singaporean.

2 comments:

Bryan said...

that everywhere else in the world is we go is local?

that everywhere else in the world [that] we go is local?

Oops. ;P

The Grammar Terrorist said...

Thanks, Bryan! I think the typo came about because I added "(that we go)" as an afterthought but forgot to remove the first "is".