Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Defence of Our Language; Views of the North

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Defence of Our Language; Views of the North

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AN A* to Bernard Trafford for defending the correct use of the English language (The Journal, September 12).

Hopefully (using the correct meaning) he will be encouraged to learn that an organisation devoted to protecting this does exist and, what's more, he could join it.

Admittedly the Queen's English Society does not at present have the prestige of the Academie Francais - or even the OED - but a growing membership will increase its influence.

The annual subscription of only PS20 should be within the means of Bernard, his English-teacher daughter and many other likeminded individuals. For further details about its activities contact the membership secretary at 29 Bourne Court, The Bourne, Hastings, TN34 3UZ, or the website.

May I now air a couple of my own gripes on the subject? Firstly, whenever I see or hear the expression "...was sat/stood ..." I cringe.

When it appeared in a headline in The Journal I literally (in the correct meaning) choked on my breakfast and was on the verge of cancelling my order for the paper. …

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