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Reader’s comment: Ludicrous and ludicrouser

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In response to Ann Farmer’s thought for the day: Brexit’s smokescreen for bullies, Owen_Morgan wrote:

‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.’

I don’t suppose even Lewis Carroll imagined that the grammatical concept of ‘gender’ would supplant the biological term ‘sex’ – never mind that ‘gender’ would then acquire a potentially infinite number of nonsensical definitions, every one of them backed, potentially, by the force of law.

Remember that this is happening only in English. Only English is so flexible that it can be sabotaged in this way. The greatest language in the world is being deliberately undermined, in the UK, the United States and Canada, by the people whose responsibility, supposedly, is to educate.

Meanwhile, about 20 per cent of school-leavers in the UK can’t follow the Lewis Carroll quotation, after all those years of expensive schooling, and I expect Carroll is banned anyway (a politically incorrect attitude to dormice, or something).



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