Today’s Octpowrimo prompt wants us to find something in the news on which to base today’s poem.
I rarely look at the Daily Mail website because its inanity usually makes me angry at the decline in journalism, but this story caught my eye. A London school is banning urban slang words which litter the kids’ normal speech. It’s going to be awfully quiet at the Harris Academy
London Academy bans students from saying ‘coz’, ‘ain’t’, ‘like’, ‘innit’ and ‘bare’ in crackdown on urban slang, claims MP
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2459502/Harris-Academy-London-bans-slang.html#ixzz2hlw6Md5O
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An attack on human rights.
Ban urban slang?You wha… ? like as if you could, like.
Wha’ r’you like? Canu(glottal stop)e or wha?
Today’s aint’s tomorrow’s posh, yeah?
Y’know, that list has words I never heard of
Bare? I fough’ that meant naked. But no.
It means a lot of, very, or I don’t belieeeeeve it.
Extra? More than usual, another one. Y’know.
Nah. It’s out of place, inappropriate,
basically, anything that shouldn’t be there, innit.
Y’know we’ll be needing the Urban Dictionary*.
to follow a yoof conversation soon , yeah?
*To find more of these strange locutions, go to http://www.urbandictionary.com/
I quote from the school’s website:
Harris Academy Upper Norwood combines the traditional values of smart uniform and good discipline with the best of modern teaching and technology.
We aim to give every student the knowledge, tools and support to fulfil their academic and social potential. We specialise in Mathematics and Enterprise. Through these new, very relevant specialisms, we will create a vibrant and exciting Academy,
Am I missing something? Mathematics a “new” specialism? Pythagoras and Euclid and Sister Katherine at my old school must be rolling at top speed in their graves.