Monday, February 16, 2004

The president is reading komiks
Because of her embarrassing gaffes in speaking the national language, President GMA is reading komiks to hone her Filipino linguistic skills. The Inquirer reports that the president is in the habit of directly translating English phrases into Filipino: drawing the line turns into paggguhit ng linya and turning around the economy, the President disastrously translated as pagpapaikot-ikot ng ekonomiya.

I wonder what komiks GMA reads. And where does she get them? I see some on display at the National Bookstore, but I don't see some of the titles I enjoyed in the past (must be defunct now): Pinoy Klasiks, Pinoy Komiks, Kwento, Funny Komiks.

While the president is at it, she should also try listening to AM radio soaps on air luchtime. And one more thing: stay away from Randy David. The Filipino language as used in the academe can be just as off-putting to the masa as pagpapaikot-ikot ng ekonomiya.

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