Sunday, June 19, 2005

Take a deep breath

Now read this sentence:

Although the Omani firefighters put out the blaze, within an hour, which is understood to have originated from an exhaust vent in the duct room of Mumtaz Mahal, a fine-dining Indian restaurant, at its stunning location atop the Qurum fountain, yesterday afternoon, the staff, the senior officials running the show at the restaurant and others associated with it naturally looked shell-shocked by the incident. [link]

I swear if there was a license given to allow someone to speak English it should be revoked from both the so-called reporter who wrote this crap and the editor who allowed it to be printed.

Man, I hate the Times of Oman.

13 comments:

Mansur said...

This is hilarious. It's funny you mention this because I also saw wrong English in the recent newspaper article on the opening of the megamall in Jeddah. The sentence read: "I am tucked over here for three hours and I am patient of debates" which should read "I was stuck here for over three hours and I am patient of diabetes." But this particular one you mentioned seems more like an advertisement/ free publicity for the Mumtaz Mahal restaurant. Maybe the Editor of the paper and the owner of the restaurant are friends! The writer needs to use more commas or just write more simply, because the paragraph is one LONG sentence!

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illogicist said...

Ahahaha, thats hilarious.

Within an hour, is that supposed to be good? I dont know how long it normally takes. Does that include the time it takes them to get to the place? I remember in our old house our neighbours decided to burn their rubbish in a small empty area between the houses, which was quite dangerous because there was the possibility of the fire spreading. We called the fire dept. and called them again an hour later. They never bothered to show up.

nomadica said...

That's a classic. They print such crap all the time and their Thursday magazine is a perfect example of a total waste of paper. It's hideous.

Keefieboy said...

Sounds like the Omani equivalent of the UAE's Khaleej Times. I hardly ever read it (I value my sanity), but on at least 2 occasions when I have, there's been a leading story that includes a phrase like 'your favourite number one newspaper is proud to report'.

Yes, really!

she said...

this is truly hilarious.

Wardat_il'7leej said...

I feel shell-shocked that this can be printed in our newspapers. You do know who that newspaper is targeted for? (need I say more)

DevilishAngel said...

Hahahahaha, my GOD that made me laugh! And I was out of breath from laughter (and reading) by the end! As short as it is, this article really speaks volumes when you analyze it:

-Its takes fire fighters in Oman 'an hour' to disinguish a fire in the top floor of a 2 story building, Allah y3een if a tower is ever in flames...
- Mumtaz Mahal "must" be a floating palace since its stunningly located on a FOUNTAIN
- 'Senior officials running the show'?...But ofcourse; they need such qualified people to serve food, right?
- "Shell-shocked" matches the whole aqua theme, I guess...
-Reporters don't need extensive articles to pass a message, all can be said in just one sentence!

This paper must be entirely shut down, or its name changed to not associate it with Oman...lanna fethee7a!

Lym said...

How about writing a complaint to the editor ?

ExpressMuslim said...

As SAlaam Alaikum,
lol lol. i only read the excerpt you posted but lol. That's ast sentence. lol

salaam

ExpressMuslim said...

*that's a long ast* sentence.

Irony said...

LOL! I wonder where they come up with 99% in thanawiyah amah english exams!

Kashif said...

That is so silly. You know whenever i visit the Arab world, stuff like this always makes me cringe.

If only they were to employ someone who knew proper English, things would seem so much more professional.

illogicist said...

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That one's kinda bad too.