I like to use
Yes, we know what they are trying to say, but in the words of Kees who submitted this, “Fairly standard Dunglish, but it did make me smile.”
I am surprised at the quality considering you’re supposed to be able to communicate in Dutch and English to work at this big bank.
I’d have left the Dunglish out altogether, as chances are the banking software is in Dutch. The question “Do you like to use” tells me someone doesn’t understand English passively. And trading in your ID in any language is scary, and the Comic Sans font doesn’t help, either.
July 15th, 2009 at 10:46 am
ABN AMRO does offer Internet Banking that is fully in English (although I’m not sure if you can use it without specially access it from them). However, I (a non-Dutch speaker) had problems finding a representative at one of their banks who spoke English, despite the fact that they advertise themselves as an expat-friendly bank.
Also, the phrase “in exchange of” is itself pretty bad. 🙂
July 15th, 2009 at 7:41 pm
I think the Comic Sans bothers me more than anything. It really needs to be eradicated from the workplace.
July 15th, 2009 at 9:20 pm
Uuuhhh excuse my own horrible English up there. “If you can use it without specially access it from them”? WTF? That’s what I get for trying to surreptitiously type comments while at work.
July 16th, 2009 at 10:41 am
“[…] and the Comic Sans font doesnâ€™t help, either.”
I couldn’t agree more, I hate that font with a passion. I’m going to ICT college next year, I reckon it would make for a nice project to write a virus that spreads like wildfire with the sole purpose to delete that font off of every computer it manages to get its hands on (or rather, its bytes on).
July 17th, 2009 at 10:25 am
I agree that the Dutch is as bad as the English here. Who would want to give up their ID just for internet banking?
July 29th, 2009 at 12:21 pm
E-dentifier? I can image a dentist using that to redentify your mouth after losing your teeth in an accident.
August 20th, 2009 at 8:10 am
Amy, we all occasionally let the keyboard get ahead of our grammar, but I think the genuinely “horrible English” is your use of the acronym “WTF”. I hate it when perfectly well-mannered people who would never, except under the severest provocation, employ that expression in speech gaily use it in writing. (Even in texting, “What” — which means the same thing without the gratuitous offensiveness — is only one character longer.)
Unless, of course, you mean the perfectly acceptable “What the FahrvergnÃ¼gen?”…:-)