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.

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