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Correct spelling of Batu Fer...

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Correct spelling of Batu Fer...

I was just looking at a video I took outside the Petronas Petrol station opposite the Eden Parade building.

There is a sign with the place name spelt Batu Feringgi..

What is the correct spelling of Batu Ferringhi?? The name of this forum is spelt what I always thought was the correct way

I'm a bit bored on a cold Melbourne afternoon!

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1. Re: Correct spelling of Batu Fer...

spelling of Malacca is also melaka, similarly spelling of batu ferringhi can as well be batu feringi....

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2. Re: Correct spelling of Batu Fer...

or for that matter feringgi....or indianised version firangi

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3. Re: Correct spelling of Batu Fer...

"Batu Feringgi" is the spelling in malay; and "Batu Ferringhi" is the anglicised spelling.

Just like "Pulau Pinang" is in malay; in english it is "Penang".

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4. Re: Correct spelling of Batu Fer...

You'll see all sorts of variations. Sometimes it seems to depend on the sign writer. And if you want to mention other places then Melaka has recently announced that that is what it will now be called and not Malacca.

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5. Re: Correct spelling of Batu Fer...

Malacca (anglicized in the mid-19th century), Melaka (Malay)

I googled it. :)

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6. Re: Correct spelling of Batu Fer...

I can think of a few more:

"Johore" (old English spelling) vs "Johor" (Malay spelling)

"Kelang" vs "Klang"

"Alor Star" vs "Alor Setar"

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7. Re: Correct spelling of Batu Fer...

Old Codgers, like me still spell the old way:- Ayer not Air, Kuching not Kucing, Tulok Anson not Tulok Intan etc etc. Cannot be bothered with Jalan, Lebok (now Lebuh) and Lorong. Just happy to let the evolution continue and me left behind.

Don't know how far this is true, but I understand that both Malaysia and Indonesia are trying to standardise the phonetics whilst introducing local influences. We in Malaysia are tainted by the anglicised versions whilst that of Indonesia is Dutch injected, hence the bothersome spellings.

Trouble is, unless you are aware, you'll find that old folk in Indochina spoke French, those in Indonesia spoke Dutch, and those in the Phillipines spoke Spanish. Gragos in Malacca still speak an old form of Portuguese. Now we speak Manglish, which a non local would find difficult to understand., e.g. sure kena wan if you lambat.

Keep coming folks, our diversity, history and influences are enjoyably awesome

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8. Re: Correct spelling of Batu Fer...

Here in India everyone who is somewhat educated speaks Hinglish....😁.

the best example can be the famous song...."why this kolaveri kolaveri di"

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9. Re: Correct spelling of Batu Fer...

Famous song? Never heard of it 🙄

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10. Re: Correct spelling of Batu Fer...

try this now on YouTube.

you will find a lot of modified versions also besides the original score.

By the way surprising for me....as Malaysia is having a lot of tamil population and this was one of the biggest hits like gangnam style Korean song and is almost of the same time.

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