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Why the great Eunoia hoo-ha should just stahp

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We should really stop creating buzz about Eunoia, ya?

No matter how "Eunoia" is pronounced, one thing is for sure: the name of Singapore's newest Junior College (JC) has our local netizens up in arms – they are not at all happy with the name, with many thinking that it is pretentious.

Twitter poll, pretentious, school name
 SOMETHING OUR TWITTER FOLLOWERS AGREE WITH.

Looking at all the sentiments shared online, I have arrived at one conclusion: maybe it is time to keep the overused pun to ourselves and stop tagging the "ya?" behind every sentence.

Just kidding.

Here is a list of reasons why we should not disapprove of "Eunoia".

1. "Eunoia" was not created thoughtlessly

When I first heard the name, I was puzzled as well – it is not a commonly known word, and it is definitely not local. "What kind of a name is Eunoia?" was a common reaction from some of my family members.

Ministry of Education, beautiful thinking, you know ya
AND NOPE, IT IS NOT AN AMALGAMATION OF "EUNOS" AND "PARANOIA".
PHOTO CREDIT: MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SINGAPORE'S FACEBOOK

Eunoia JC's principal Cheang Mei Heng explained that the name, chosen from 200 others, "expresses the collective aspirations for the college and the students". Being the shortest English word containing all five vowels, it also signifies "the completeness and well-roundedness" of its students.

With such well-meaning intentions behind the name, shouldn't we look pass that and be appreciative of a school that wants to nurture beautiful minds?

2. The quality of education is not compromised

I get it, the name of a school is important. It represents the values of the school, the students and staff of the school. But their students go there for the pre-University education, and having a special-sounding name hardly affects their learning.

If Eunoia manages to build a solid reputation for being a good JC, then the name will not matter. Furthermore, everyone in Singapore already knows that Eunoia mainly takes in Integrated Programme (IP) students from Catholic High School, CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School and Singapore Chinese Girls' School. That *could* help.

3. There is no one name that will satisfy everyone

Since the reveal, the alumni of all three secondary schools have asked for a name that represents the rich history of their schools. Some argued that the new name is not connected to Singapore. And that it could potentially confuse taxi drivers.

Sin Ming, Google maps
 MAYBE WE CAN JUST SHOW THEM THE MAP NEXT TIME?

We all know it is impossible to please everyone, so all I have to say is… new school, give chance lah.

Realistically speaking, there is no one name that can combine the history of the three IP schools. A joint name will not work, because it will be so long it will not fit on your school foolscap paper. Which of the three schools should the name be based on would also be a subject of contention.

I believe that it is best for a new school to start off with a fresh slate. And starting with a new, albeit foreign sounding, name is a good way to do it.

4. We should be happy with creative names

Remember "1 Sengkang Mall"? And how Singaporeans created such a fuss to keep Compass Point's original name? Now Singaporeans are petitioning to do the opposite, begging the authorities to change the creative name to something more colloquial.

How does "1 Sin Ming JC" sound to you? (Hur hur.)

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 SAY WHAAATTTT…

It just takes a little while to get used to, so let us just stahp making noise on the Internet and make peace with "Eunoia". Can, ya?