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The joy of text

US book publisher Random House's copy chief says we should look beyond pomp and pedantry to enjoy writing.

What seems to elude Singaporeans - 20 years ago and now - is that it is not wrong to enjoy Singlish, which is rich in indigenous colour. But you have to earn it - meaning, you get to revel in it only after you have mastered the basics of Standard English.


Dreyer's English - An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style (Random House, 2019)
By Benjamin Dreyer
Available at Books Kinokuniya
S$29.91 (Hardback; includes GST)

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