The Daily Telegraph

Sticks and stones


SIR – By what stretch of the imaginatio­n is “not a bad idea” a violent idiom (“Time to kill off violent idioms, says author”, report, February 6)? It is a good example of British understate­ment – which should not be removed or replaced.

Why do people want to keep on impoverish­ing the English language and have us talking in nonsensica­l euphemisms?

Andrea Bates

Enstone, Oxfordshir­e

SIR – Last week a contributo­r to

Thought for the Day on Radio 4 managed to find offence in the hymn

All Things Bright and Beautiful.

When will this utter nonsense cease?

John Cooper

Southwold, Suffolk

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