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He said the 26% of Singaporeans who could neither read nor write English -– I don' know t where he got that statistic from, though it doesn't sound off the mark to me -– would have difficulty managing such names. How would they tell a taxi-driver where they wanted to go, for example? What followed was a number of letters for and against, one of which was notable for its unabashed honesty. The writer said, if privately-built condominiums were allowed to have fancy names to lend them an air of class, why couldn't the HDB [1] do the same for their public-housing estates? So you see, the civil servants weren't insensitive. They were well aware of people's aspirations. Of course, it's a separate matter whether coining words that resemble provincial English names from a bygone generation – Edgefield Plains, come on! – really evokes class and glamour. Frankly, they sound pretenti...

Full article: http://www.yawningbread.org/arch_2005/yax-491.htm

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