Got Or Not?

Posted: May 15, 2009 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                           Stardate: 63370.0 (May 15th, 2009)

The common term of words that we can do without. So common that some foreigners who have stayed long enough in Singapore often ended up saying it. Not trying to make fun, but to share some insights in how Singaporeans like myself would speculate =D

Recently, there’s the mother who admonishes her child after visiting the toilet of the Neighbourhood Police Center where I worked: “You got wash or not?” Then, one of my colleagues, who asked another, about a book the latter promised to lend him: “Got bring or not?”

To add on, the supervisor to his workers: “Got do or not?” The concerned hostess to her guests: “Everyone got eat or not?” One participant to another at a competition: “Got win or not?” And a visitor at a fair looking for freebies to her friend: “They got give free gifts or not?”

By no doubt, that’s got to be a favourite expression among many Singaporeans. Whether it be at home or aboard.

And to add in the spices, just last year, on a family vacation in New Zealand, our tour guide takes us to a farm, where I watched a farmer milk a cow. A little girl stood beside me, watching with interest. (I was told that many children who grow up in our concrete jungle have never seen a real cow and think that milk comes from the factory or a supermarket) After a while, I overheard the inquisitive little traveler turned to her mother: “Mommy, I cannot see. Got milk come out or not?” The amused farmer, whose square back was blocking her view, turned around and held a pail under her nose, saying proudly, “Got plenty, honey.” And her mother was quick to add. “It’s milk, darling, not honey.”

You get the idea?

  1. Ryan says:

    Hahaha! Took me a while, but finally I get the idea! haha! =D The mother thought that the farmer was saying “plenty of honey” instead of “plenty of milk.” =D

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