RADIO MOMENT OF THE WEEK
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.