Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

On the Naughty Step Conduct That Deserves a Ticking Off

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

On the Naughty Step Conduct That Deserves a Ticking Off

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This week: the Vikings

There is a generation of people for whom Australian soap operas were a way of life. Neighbours, with its tales of Scott and Charlene, Mrs Mangle and, um, Bouncer the dog, has been etched on the minds of millions - in the UK as well as Down Under.

Many have blamed this fixation for the annoying adoption of uptalk, the habit of using rising intonation at the end of a sentence even when it is not a question. You know how it goes. "I went to the shops yesterday" goes from a simple statement of fact to a weird apparent interrogative where the listener is left wondering if they're supposed to know the answer to a non-question.

Yet it turns out it's got nothing to do with Scott or Charlene. …

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