SOME UK universities have relaxed their standards on spelling and grammar. Here pompous old git Norman Steele debates the issue with young, trendy wanker Josh Hudson.
Norman: Yes they do
Poor grammar and spelling are the mark of an imbecile and, worse, a traitor who disrespects our fine language as surely as if they had micturated and evacuated their bowels on the Bard’s grave.
I am in deeply love with the English language, although if pressed I find it hard to give any examples of literature. I think my favourite work has to be Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, probably by Shelley, a poet who I’ve heard of. That and Day of the Jackal, by our greatest novelist, Frederick Forsyth.
Fortunately I benefited from a very traditional education and have an infuriatingly pedantic interest in the difference between ‘over’ and ‘more than’. I bore my wife with it and feel very clever, when I’m not droning on about the country going to the dogs.
So to summarise: I hate young people and anything modern.
Josh: No they do’nt
Language is constantly evolving so there is’nt a right or wrong way do sentences and shit. And I’m not just saying that because I got a E in GCSE English and apostrophy’s are as baffling to me as a dog trying to fly a Boeing 747.
If people understand you its fine, feel me? And obscure street slang and internet terms really add to the richness of the English language, if anyone can remember them three months later.
Again this is not to do with my hopeless writing skillz, but I would move to phonetic English. How much simpler would it be if I could just text: ‘dee ah mum an dad i am cumin home 4 da weak end do yoo wont me 2 pic up n e thing from tha shop lyk bred or sum ex???’
Thats what I would do. I just don’t understand why whenever I apply for a job I iz be gettin rejections.