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Do you wear suspenders?: The wordy tales of Eh Poh Nim
By Lydia Teh
Eh Poh Nim is a woman on a mission. Poh Nim, a character created by author, Lydia Teh, loves the English language so much that she has taken it upon herself to introduce new words and phrases to the world. She wants to spread the joy of learning English through her daily interactions.
Written in a conversational tone, we listen in as Poh Nim introduces new words to anyone within earshot. She uses words and phrases cleverly, providing witty explanations for their usage. For example, she refers to a plus-sized American colleague who had just arrived at the airport as "Big Bertha". Big Berthas refer to the huge German guns that were used to shell Paris in World War I.
Contributed by Kweh Soon Huat, National Library Board
Short and sweet.