Barrie England’s latest blog post is titled “The Meddlers Are Always With Us”.
Barrie says, “I’ve been reading ‘Sorry! The English and their Manners’ by Henry Hitchings. In his chapter entitled ‘What Were Victorian Values?’ he describes the way in which some tried to regulate language. He ends the section with this sentence:
Arguments about pure and proper English were pursued by bossy amateurs with a pretence of scientific precision, but the fixation with shibboleths and tests reflected a limited understanding of both language and science.