Sunday, September 20, 2009

Molest/Molestation

The use of molest as a noun is usual in Singapore; as it is found regularly in the Straits Times (this example from the web edition, 16 September 2009), one might consider it Standard Singapore English usage.

In other standard Englishes (e.g. British), however, molest can only be a verb. The noun is molestation.

2 comments:

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The Grammar Terrorist said...

Thanks for your really kind comments! Yes, it's quite tedious having to scan/save/edit examples, but I'm always on the lookout for these things anyway -- an occupational hazard.