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15:57 UK time, Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Re Mind your slanguage: My daughter attends our local French school, and it has been noted that when the kids go back to granny's in France that they speak such a pure version, unadulterated by the slang that they would normally pick up in the playground and from the telly. Therefore - only one solution - teach all kids in complete isolation.
Rachel, Minnetonka

Personally, I try to hear innit as "n'est ce pas?". I can then feel that I'm discoursing with someone sophisticated and chic.
John_the_Monkey @BBC_magazine

So coffee cuts prostate cancer risk and loneliness increases cancer risks. So drinking coffee in a social environment has got to be the best thing for cutting cancers since unsliced wholemeal bread with low fat spread. Cancer solved: Give us [insert coffee shop of choice] vouchers on prescription.
James Rigby, Wickford, Essex

I have recently seen several TV programmes where, instead of saying BC (Before Christ) the presenters or those being interviewed have said "BCE". Why is this and what does the "E" stand for?
Emma, Jersey

Re Quote of the Day: some people might say hiring a man "unable to pronounce certain sounds" to record a voice is a fairly a basic error. I can pronounce both "jingle" and "bells"; if they'd like me to do it next time I have very reasonable rates.
Edward Green, London, UK

Am I missing something - is Britain being taken over by speaking meerkats (Monday letters)?
Susie, Oslo, Norway

On the topic of being green (Monday letters), I've just been thinking about how unenvironmentally friendly it is to put "please consider if you need to print this e-mail" on e-mails. Think about it: no one I know deletes those lines before printing an e-mail (even a carefully considered one) so that wastes paper and ink. Each line on an e-mail adds to the storage requirement of the e-mail both sent and received. Then there's all the extra transmission costs .. all in all it's actually better not to put infuriating massages on the end of your e-mails.
Andy Simpson, London
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