Are TV pre­sen­ters man­gling our lan­guage?

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READER Elaine Pope is right to crit­i­cise the aber­rant use of ‘er’ by news re­porters (Mail), but there are far more se­ri­ous mu­ti­la­tions of the lan­guage on TV. I cringe when Steph McGovern says she’s had ‘turd in the hurl’ for lunch, Anita Man­ning ad­vises her con­tes­tants on Bar­gain Hunt to con­sider the ‘boonus bay’ and as for co­me­dian John Bishop, I have no idea what he is try­ing to say.

ROBERT CHILD, Mere, Wilts.

I AGREE we need a cham­pion for the Erad­i­ca­tion of Er­rant Errs. I have cam­paigned against the in­cor­rect use of ‘like’ for ‘such as’ and ‘as’. When some­one claimed Shake­speare did this, I asked why the Bard had not en­ti­tled his work Like You Like It. Why do so-called pro­fes­sional speak­ers on TV say ‘putick­ulee’ or ‘putic­kee’ in­stead of ‘par­tic­u­larly’? Why are jour­nal­ists called ‘ju­nists’ and ‘sec­re­tary’ pro­nounced ‘se­cre­tree’? One Sky News pre­sen­ter ‘reg­ulee’ says ‘r’ when he means ‘our’. If chil­dren are brought up to speak poorly, their chances in life will not be as good as oth­ers with iden­ti­cal tal­ents ex­cept for their speech — at least, I fink so.

PETER HALL, Marazion, Corn­wall.

I AM fed up with the in­tru­sive letter ‘r’. It seems to be the norm for TV news re­porters to re­fer to the ‘with­drawral’ agree­ment and ‘drawrings’.

FRANK L. APPLEYARD, She­p­ley, W. Yorks.

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