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20-06-2010, 10:45 AM
I read here for the first time of the existence of an outfit called the Queens English Society, in a post by a most unlikely contributor (SurferJoe). :p

Co-incidentally, last night I came across this:

A delightful British body, the Queen's English Society,
was founded in 1972. Its website asserts that "English is becoming
corrupted in the age of mass communications, the text message, e-
mail and the like" and it aims to become "the recognised guardian
of proper English". It announced in early June that it intends to
establish an Academy of English, presumably on the model of bodies
such as the L'Académie Française, the Real Academia Española or the
Accademia della Crusca. We have had such proposals before, notably
one by Jonathon Swift, who in 1712 wrote a Proposal for Correcting,
Improving and Ascertaining the English Tongue. The principal issue
for any body trying to maintain standards of proper English is to
work out what those standards are or what is considered proper. As
any linguist will tell you, English is as English does. Thankfully,
despite the stated objectives, the QES and the Academy seem to be
taking a pragmatic attitude and want to improve the quality of the
teaching of English in UK schools rather than establish a standard.

If there's anyone else that likes correctness in spoken and written English, you may wish to explore Here (http://www.worldwidewords.org/)

A brilliant, at times, entertaining site.


20-06-2010, 10:56 AM
Thanks WalOne. Great site.

20-06-2010, 11:30 AM
Thanks WalOne, that's the best new site have found for a long time. :thanks