‘Frustration over grammatical error that has infested society’

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EDITOR - Many people must wince, as I do, when they see the word ‘got’ infesting every part of the media and conversation.

It is like a virus, spreading wherever it sees a weakness. I know that it is unlikely to be eliminated, but the purpose of ‘Got Out!’ is to reduce its use to the minimum.

I cannot be alone in this, so the purpose of this letter is to appeal to everyone who shares my views to come forward and join the campaign.

If lovers of the English language do nothing, then the virus will continue to spread.

Here are a few horrors I have seen or heard in the last two days:

I got them from Boots (bought); we’ve got lots of Polish people working (we have); I’ve just got a car (I have just bought, hired, stolen); I got sacked (was, or have been); I don’t know how he got to be elected (how he was); get out (go away, please leave).

For more details, contact me on 01205 350056 or email john.richards2@virgin.net.

JOHN RICHARDS

Boston