DO you speak the Queen’s English or is your everyday conversation peppered with colloquialisms and slang?
If you stick to the “proper” way of speaking the language, you must think it is something worth preserving – and may like to know there is a group of enthusiasts dedicated to the cause.
It is called the Queen’s English Society and is pledged to stopping the “degeneration” of the language, which it blames primarily on poor education and mobile phone texting.
Most of the society’s 1,000 or so members live in the south of England but moves are afoot to form a Midlands branch.
A meeting took place at a Solihull hotel recently to discuss ways of doing this and organising a programme of meetings in the region.
One of those behind the plan is 69-year-old Bill Ball, who says he fears the Queen’s English will disappear altogether unless language purists kick up a fuss.
“My pet hates include expressions such as ‘at this moment in time’, which isn’t proper English, and split infinitives. Probably the most famous one is ‘to boldly go where no man has gone before’, from Star Trek.
“I think the deterioration of our language started in earnest when the majority of grammar schools were abolished in the 1960s and comprehensive schools with lower standards in English were introduced. Then came texting, which made things worse.”
Mr Ball himself was educated at a Birmingham grammar school and later joined the Civil Service, which he said insisted on formal written and spoken use of English.
Find out more at www.queens-english-society.com. Mr Ball can be contacted on 024 7639 7509.