Are TV presenters mangling our language?
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.