our beautiful language

Tee hee. On the BBC’s Have Your Say thread on texting, a whopping 36 people have so far recommended a comment which proclaims:

“We have a beautiful rich language that should be encouraged to be spoken or written in it’s full glory – not squashed into a few short symbols.”

Thus beautifully illustrating the principle that people who criticise other people’s use of language are almost inevitably destined to make a glaring error of their own. Apostrophes, dear, apostrophe’s.

(Quite apart from the equally amusing although not perhaps so obvious failure to recognise that alphabetic letters themselves can very neatly be summarised as squashing some select portions of the riches of spoken language into a few short symbols, but that’s a story for another day.)

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