Friday, 18 December 2009

Situation? What situation?

Over at CNN, a list of the "ten worst phrases to use at office". (I'm not sure whether "at office" is American English, or headlinese or what.) It's pretty random, but it's hard to disagree with most of it. There's a little bit of barminess at the end though, with the suggestion that we should replace the word "crisis" with "situation".

Dare I say that the results of Yougov's survey last year are more interesting and useful than the opinions of a single individual? ;-)

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

"Mind your Slanguage"

BBC Radio has broadcast a new discussion programme about modern British slang, and you can hear it here. I doubt there's much to make a fuss about. Okay, it is a problem if kids can't express themselves in any other way, but (a) that is rarely true, since they have plenty of experience of talking to parents and teachers, and (b) once they get out into the "real world" they'll learn to speak in whatever ways are necessary in order to survive.

The suggestion that "exam results have soared as a consequence" of a "ban" on slang at a high school (Manchester Academy) can be taken with a pinch of salt.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Egress to the buildings?

Blowing their imaginary trumpets

Iain Dale has justifiably got the hump about "The BBC has learned..." and "Sky sources say..."