The (lost?)beauty of language



In yesterday’s Independent, Simmy Richman was looking at how the British perception of queuing has changed. Apparently Aaron Gillies in his new book suggests that: ‘Get to the back of the queue, you prick’ as the modern response. But how much more comforting to read Guy Browning’s description of the British way  from his book ‘The British Constitution :first draft:

” In the event of a verbal warning failure, the queue is allowed to seethe with resentment accompanied with barely audible muttering.”

As British as it comes— but then what else could one expect from a man who is named after the leader of the  Dambuster’s from a family named after a gravy making ingredient?


2 Replies to “The (lost?)beauty of language”

  1. LOL.
    But actually I’m not. …… I’m British but not English. I am Welsh.
    Though I speak English……

    I once had a lengthy argument around the topic of linguistic differences. I had described an article as ‘excessively verbose’ Eric, from Minneapolis, said it was ‘bullshit’. I feel my description is more ‘helpful’ – it explains that ‘it contained too many words’ whereas his phrase simply dismissed it with no explanation. Care to comment?

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