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St Andrews in Focus - Issue 87 Mar / Apr 2018

From the Editor

Flora SelwynA friend recently emailed me a long list of quotations purported to have originated from Winston Churchill. One in particular amused me, “Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.” Would that today’s social media encouraged the practice of such politesse! I’m sure Churchill would have been horrified by the vile language bandied about today. Churchill claimed he was glad he was kept down in his class at Harrow, because he thereby gained a thorough command of his beloved English language. In his speeches, in his books, Churchill’s English still inspires. Strange, then, that in everyday usage our wonderful English language inheritance is in such a sorry state. Will there ever be a renaissance? When the novelty of social media finally wears off, will Churchillian English once more become the tool both of clear thinking, and, yes, politeness?

Flora Selwyn

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