Thursday, May 7, 2015

Waikato Times letter of the week #50

This is from the 5 May edition. As always, spelling, punctuation, grammar and logic are exactly as printed in the Waikato Times.
Language changes
Foul language is now the norm; and accepted today. It’s a contrast to the way English was presented. English language is among the most articulated languages in the world today but, over the years, it has changed. In the extreme we have the older grace before meals dating back to a time of peril:
God Bless our Meate
God Guide our Waies
God Give us grace our Lord to please
Lord long preserve in peace and health
Our gracious Queen Elizabeth
(George Bellin – Iron Monger, Exeter, England 1588) 
This was the time of the Spanish Armada and the threat of sea invasion of England.
But the question is: do we want our children and grandchildren repeating foul language back to us? The media in all its forms has become a corrupting influence.
Ken Weldon


  1. Ken Weldon must be the best letter writer in NZ...his non-sequiturs are pricelessly brilliant, and long may he write!

  2. He is special, isn't he. Though Barry Ashby has a fanbase too. Disappointing that there are so few women contributors. None, I think. I wonder what this tells us.

  3. a) not interested in public communication

    b) We know how to string coherent thoughts together?

    Or should that be 'string thoughts together coherently'?

    c) too busy multitasking to find the time to write?