I am starting a campaign to save the letter ‘T’.
I have noticed of late that there is a terrible tendency to replace it in speech with the letter ‘D’, which is totally unnecessary but is also extremely grating on the ears.
I don’t know where this awful habit comes from, but I suspect it is more of this Mid Atlantic bastardisation of our spoken word.
I had the misfortune last night to accidentally hear one of the announcers on TV3 who seem to delight in employing bimbos with the most horrendous accents. She announced something about some ‘celebriddy’ programme that was on ‘lader’ ‘afder’ some other programme.
I’m not attacking TV3 specifically, though they do have an obvious policy of employing women for their looks rather than their brains. RTE is another occasional offender, where you get some flashy little size zero troll who insists on using the same irritating habits [or should I say ‘irridading habids’?]
I know there is quite a vigorous campaign in Dublin to support my cause. My old friend Bertie was one of the leading lights in this campaign where ‘th’ was replaced with ‘t’ as a mark of sympathy. Unfortunately, while I laud their efforts they still have frequent lapses where they would refer to ‘dis Tursday’ or ‘dat tunder’.
Maybe I’m being too hard?
Anyway, I will leave you to ponder over my taughts while I go and make a cup of d.