Scotland’s rugby fifteen play England this afternoon. They will have a disadvantage before they start. Prior to kick-off, the dirge Flower Of Scotland will be played.
As young people spend an increasing amount of time online, gaming and on social media, it can often feel like they are speaking a foreign language to those around them.
I freely admit some of what I’m about to claim is biased, or even just my imagination.
The English language has gone to rack and ruin. Or is it wrack and ruin? These are not variants of the same word. They mean different things and are not interchangeable.
Language is a tool, an implement. Used in a certain way you might even describe it as a weapon. It can shape the way you think, perhaps without you realising it is doing so.
The English-speaking world is being polluted by hyperbole. Every day it is used a trillion times too often, if you see what I mean.
I explained last week why I revere dictionaries, but will outline here why I thoroughly dislike them.
I’m making a bold claim: I believe I have a cure for the English-speaking world’s infuriating habit of misusing apostrophes.
On August 15 1995 the English language changed.
Wherever in the world they’re from, cyclists have a great grasp of using language to describe exactly how it feels to ride a bike.