Singlish

Ever since I came back from my US trip in Dec, I get very tickled whenever I hear waiter/waitress ask, “having here or takeaway?” because it reminds me of an incident that happened in the US.

One of my friends, a French chap and I wanted to buy lunch to eat in the ballroom. After taking our orders, this conversation with the waitress ensued…

Waitress: “Here or to go?”
French chap: ??
Waitress: “Here or to go?”
French chap: “What???”
Me: “Dabao?”
French chap: “Yes! Dabao!”
Me to waitress: “To go please.”

My oh my. How we have corrupted people’s English…