It’s not a secret that I love watching Hercule Poirot mysteries starring the one and only David Suchet. We’re watching between one and five episodes a week in the house and currently have about 15 episodes recorded on Sky Plus.
In addition to hearing Captain Hastings’ ‘I say’ or ‘good Lord’ or ‘that girl’s a corker’ it’s obvious that language has evolved since then. A recent episodes had two examples within the same conversation. Whilst discussing a male character the two women said ‘awfully nice’ and ‘frightfully attractive’ which nowadays would be more negative descriptions. I can’t think ever using the adjective ‘frightfully’ to describe something positive.
Tweeting about this sparked a conversation and Kyle told me about the paper he just handed in for university. “Are spelling, punctuation and grammar relevant anymore?”
His conclusion is that it still is more than relevant not only professionally, but also socially and that technology aids us with the help of spellcheck.
Back in 2006 I first blogged about language and my hate for txt spk. None of that has changed.