Sick to be smart

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I LOVE the way our lan­guage has changed over the years, par­tic­u­larly the trend to re­verse mean­ings.

Thus ‘bad’ means good and ‘sick’ means it’s cool. The lat­est is ‘smart’ as in smart mo­tor­ways. They should be called D roads (as in dumb). SI­MoN C. ToMSeTT,

Pagham, W. Sus­sex. ‘SO’ SEEMS to have taken over from the word ‘ look’ when any­one starts to an­swer a dif­fi­cult ques­tion.

MIKe WALKeR, Leek, Staffs. ‘ OFF of’ ( Let­ters) is bad gram­mar — it’s cor­rect sim­ply to say ‘off’. Might I make my own dis­like known for the ex­pres­sion ‘ for free’ — it’s ei­ther ‘free’ or ‘for noth­ing’.

DAVID eD­WARDS, Leighton Buz­zard, Beds.

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