Dirty words

Yes indeed, language pollutes! it may even be radioactive.

No matter how hard we attempt to dominate it, administer rules, create governing bodies, language evolves and developes with complete disrespect for all authority.

The Economist (12th March, 2011) has a review of “The Language Wars: A History of Proper English”. The book traces attempts at “controlling” or regularising use of English (or English in Use as Cambridge might claim). The article concludes: “Words have always been dangerous: Hamlet promises to speak daggers to his mother Gertrude. But the record suggests that living languages are not in the end controllable. No way, no day.” Full review here: http://tinyurl.com/6cg2j3z


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