RA­DIO MO­MENT OF THE WEEK

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - AUDIO REVIEWS -

Di­vided by a com­mon lan­guage

Ciara Kelly tack­les a tricky topic on Mon­day’s LunchtimeLive (New­stalk, week­days). “For­get Brexit, we get more re­ac­tion to bad gram­mar than any­thing else,” Kelly says, as she dis­cusses English lan­guage rules with au­thor Caro­line Tag­gart. Sure enough, peo­ple are ex­er­cised, none more so than Scot­tish caller Hugh, who com­plains about Amer­i­can slang. “Stop it, we’re Bri­tish, we use the English lan­guage, we don’t use Amer­i­can­isms,” says Hugh, who adds, “I just wish peo­ple in Bri­tain, or Ire­land or wher­ever, would be more proud of the lan­guage.” Never mind bad gram­mar: with geog­ra­phy like that, it’s no won­der Ire­land has proved a prob­lem for Brexit.

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