Rantings of a sub-editor

September 22, 2010

In a huff with Heffer?

Filed under: Simon Heffer — substuff @ 8:52 pm
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I’ve just read a damning post on Simon Heffer and his (my?) ilk on the badlinguistics blog. Heffer visits a school of disappointingly well-spoken youngsters, but sticks to his point (that they don’t really know how to speak English) anyway. You can listen to him in action on the BBC website.

I am a disloyal and treacherous reader, it seems. Much though I enjoy Simon Heffer’s columns, I nodded like a madman all the way through this, pausing only to burst out in laughter. I then spent a while Googling linguistics courses.

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3 Comments »

  1. And yet, some things are plain wrong.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11386347
    Sixth paragraph begins: “With an IQ of just 72, both her current legal team and death penalty opponents have suggested it is wrong to execute her…”
    Blimey, no wonder her appeals failed. Her current legal team and death penalty opponents share an IQ of just 72.

    Comment by Alistair Dabbs — September 23, 2010 @ 1:01 pm | Reply

    • Gotta love a good dangler. Won’t laugh too hard, though, considering the subject.

      Comment by substuff — September 23, 2010 @ 1:14 pm | Reply

      • A quick look on that BBC News page reveals that the dangler has now been appropriately tucked in.

        Comment by Alistair Dabbs — September 27, 2010 @ 10:02 am | Reply


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