I move commas around for a living – and I now realise there’s no such thing as linguistic decline

Mansplain, snowflake and bae: there’s a pleasure to be found in watching a living language grow and wrestle with itself.

When I was 17 I went on a date with a boy I had kissed at a fancy-dress party. I was dressed as a magician, he was wearing a rugby shirt; don’t ask me what the theme was. It was ill-fated from the outset. For a start, he took me, a vegetarian, to Nando’s. More serious still, his texts betrayed that he couldn’t use the correct their/they’re/there, or where/were. “It would never have worked out anyway,” I sighed on MSN afterwards, “his grammar is terrible.” (Or something to...
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2019-10-10 03:11
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