A lament for the death of the English language

Ah, the decline of the English language. It’s been well reported, for decades, that we are losing the nuance and delicacy of it: that our witless children, encouraged by their feckless parents and their tie-dye-wearing, there-are-no-right-or-wrong-answers hippie teachers, are debasing it. Soon – how soon, no one can say, but surely it cannot be many years – there will be no means of communicating at all: there will be just the two words, “Whatever” and “Innit?”, forced to cover all the next generation’s intended meanings, from “May I please have a Filet O Fish meal, supersized” to “Let us have unprotected sex immediately, and then raise the child on benefits”.

My colleague Peter Mullen, who cares about such things, has drawn our attention to some of the latest indignities inflicted upon our mother tongue. “They say, ‘I was sat’ when they mean ‘I was sitting.’ They say, ‘I was stood’ when they intend – insofar as such thickos are capable of intending anything – ‘I was standing,’” he sighs; the first of his list.

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As the man who had jumped from the 25th floor said, as he flew by the 2nd: So far so good!

Humorous Dispassionate

Three Insurance salesmen were sitting in a restaurant boasting
about each companies’ service.

The first one said, When one of our insured died suddenly on Monday,
we got the news that evening and were able to process the claim for the
wife and mailed a check on Wednesday evening.”

The second one said, When one of our insured died without warning on
Monday, we learned of it in 2 hours and were able to hand- deliver a check
the same evening.”

The last salesman said, That’s nothing. Our office is on the 20th floor.
One of our insured who was washing a window on the 85th floor,
slipped and fell. We handed him his check as he passed our floor!

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China News

Signs that the Chinese economy is sputtering mounted Friday, in the form of dismally feeble trade data that fanned expectations that Beijing would soon step up its efforts to buttress growth before a key leadership transition this autumn.

China’s giant economy has emerged as a key driver of global growth, and hopes are high that rising affluence, urbanisation and development will help mitigate the weakness of the European and U.S. economies.

The turmoil in Europe and the anaemic pace of economic growth in the United States have, however, increasingly dragged down exports from China and other export-oriented countries in Asia, prompting rate cuts and other economy-bolstering steps from governments across the region in recent months. More steps are likely to follow.

Data released Friday showed that the growth in overseas shipments from China had ground to a near halt in July, with exports up just 1 percent from the…

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Anytime Yoga

Erm, well, hamstrings. I am not so much a fan of the eating kind of ham. However, the more I looked into glute stuff, the more I realized that when it comes to hip extension, the gluteus maximus usually works in tandem with the hamstrings. So while I’m not quite done talking about the gluteus maximus yet, I am putting that on hold to talk about these a bit:

Músculo biceps femoral
[The biceps femoris, part of the hamstring group.]

Músculo semitendinoso
[The semitendinosus, another muscle in the hamstring group.]

Músculo semimembranoso
[And the semimembranosus, the final main muscle in the hamstring group. This pic makes it a little difficult to tell, but the semimembranosus appears smaller here because it is deeper than the other two muscles, not because it’s actually smaller.]

So. The hamstrings are a group of muscles that really do — at least as well as muscles can — look like strings…

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Netmums Blog

Today we have a guest post from Emily’s mum who blogs at Mental Health Diary  and who writes about her and her daughter’s personal story with bullying. If you would like to read more about their story please visit her blog. 

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With a deep breath I search for inner strength as my 13 year old daughter Emily screams

and cries as I try to leave her at ‘school’.  The marks on her wrist from last nights attempt at self harm are still clearly visible.  Through her tears she pleads with me not to leave her, she’d rather be dead.

Two years ago this same child confidently ‘graduated’ from her junior school with a good group of friends and sunny outlook on life.  She was a nice girl, studious, kind, well spoken and caring.  Now she is broken.

You may be wondering what could cause this transformation.  The answer is…

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