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WHAT A LOAD OF BOLLOCKS!

Presenters of New Zealand's breakfast show, 'TV AM', were discussing whether the Maori language 'Te Reo' should be taught compulsorily in schools as advocated by the country's well-meaning but eternally naive Green Party. Mark Richardson, the sports reporter, who refreshingly isn't afraid to speak his mind on any subject, pointed out that the country didn't have enough teachers or funds yet to properly educate the kids in the main subjects, let alone take on a language that should be taught at home by Maori parents, if they want their children to speak Te Reo. 'Good on yer Mark' I was thinking 'spoken like a good Kiwi', but then he blew it. "Its the same with English", said he, "we didn't need to learn that at school as a subject" (or words to that effect) "what a load of bollocks (actual words), I didn't need to know all about Shakespeare and all that rubbish". Omigosh, did Mark, who I quite like, go through school not knowing the difference between Eng. Lang. and Eng. Lit., thinking that we are all supposed to speak in flowery language like the great Bard? Probably not, but his constant use of bad grammar, such as his inabilty to distinguish singulars and plurals, shows that he didn't pay much attention anyway. However, to be perfectly fair, Mr Richardson is not alone and there is a deterioration in the quality of spoken and written English throughout the world and many of the culprits are the people who should be setting examples, namely TV presenters, journalists, politicians and, worst of all, our teachers!  I propose to publish examples of bad grammar, punctuation, pronunciation and spelling from time to time, in the hopes that at least one young reader's English will improve as a result (Older people find it hard to change). 

 



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