Tweets Spell Defeat for Defenders of English

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Byline: Arthur Martin

FOR 40 years, it has battled to defend the English language against poor grammar, spelling and punctuation. But the Queen's English Society has finally conceded defeat to the Twitter and text-obsessed generation and is to fold.

It will cease to exist at the end of this month after none of its 1,000 members volunteered for roles within the organisation.

Chairman Rhea Williams revealed the move in a message to supporters after the annual meeting, attended by only 22 people.

'Despite a request for nominations for chairman, vicechairman, administrator, web master and membership secretary, no one came forward,' she said. 'So I have to inform you that QES will no longer exist.' Its magazine Quest will publish one final time and then 'all activity will cease and the society will be wound up'.

Expressing sadness, she said: 'Things change, people change. People care about different things.

'Lots of societies are having problems. Lives have changed dramatically over the past 40 years. …