The Scottish Mail on Sunday

Stop this Amer­i­can rev­o­lu­tion

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I agree with Matthew En­gel, whose piece last week said that Amer­i­can words are in­vei­gling them­selves into our lan­guage. Surely we need an anti-Amer­i­can rev­o­lu­tion! R. Ben­nett, Chel­tenham I de­plore the word ‘gifted’ be­ing used to mean ‘gave’. Dennis Thorp, Fal­low­field, Manch­ester Fur­ther to your let­ter last week sug­gest­ing fines for in­cor­rect use of lan­guage, may I sug­gest that us­ing ‘So’ at the be­gin­ning of a sen­tence is added to the list. Mel Huck­step, Maid­stone I find the word ‘pretty’ is wildly overused – pretty hot, pretty cold, pretty good. In fact, it’s pretty much used for ev­ery­thing! J. Kiff, Bris­tol

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