Slang conveys meaning best
Watching a BBC news item about our contributions to the EU I was surprised to hear one of the pundits describe this country as "skint".
I am not concerned about the accuracy or otherwise of this statement, but the use of slang, which is a valuable part of our language.
Let us hope that this new trend continues.
A well-placed expletive or the use of rhyming slang can convey a meaning far quicker than officialese.
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For example "printing piles of oak and ash" or "Plymouth sounds" informs far quicker than the esoteric "Quantitative Easing."
I hope news readers will follow the trend. Weather forecasters could use "currant bun" instead of "sun".
The origin of skint, by the way, is "boracic lint" which is in itself usually shortened to "brassic".
Don Tallis, Wigston.