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Oh, damn those dumb yankees

MagazineApril 2002 (Vol. 13 Issue 1)Oh, damn those dumb yankees

Re the news headline 'From daily spread may grow dumb babies' (WDDTY, vol 12 no 10, p 11), I realise that Lynne McTaggart is from the USA and that there are US readers, but I feel that a publication based in the UK should stick to word usage as found in the UK

Re the news headline 'From daily spread may grow dumb babies' (WDDTY, vol 12 no 10, p 11), I realise that Lynne McTaggart is from the USA and that there are US readers, but I feel that a publication based in the UK should stick to word usage as found in the UK. Here, the word 'dumb' means unable to speak, not intellectually challenged. I'm not a 'British English above all' fanatic, but there really are issues of mutual incomprehension. I adjust my mind when reading something I know is a US publication but, in a UK one, I expect UK English.- Alice Bondi, via e-mail

WDDTY replies: Sorry we have such a dumb editor. We'll speak to her - and our two other Yanks.


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