A leaked BBC memo is about to drive linguists wild and throw the grammar police into a right tizz. Because in sensational new guidelines it appears that top brass within the corporation have approved from as early as January 2012, the use of phrases such as "I was sat, I was stood, I was bored of, I should of, I could of" and perhaps most surprisingly of all, they have also green lighted the use of the word, "pacifically," and amazingly some or all of these previous grammar faux pas will find their way, totally unchallenged by editors, into news scripts and reporters' pieces across all BBC networks. The memo goes on to say.
"We must reflect the modern way. We are perceived as being stuffy and not having moved with the times. It's affecting viewing figures, letting our competitors steal a march on us and set the Murdoch agenda. Extensive research and focus group activity has shown that to reflect popular modes of speech will make us a lot more viewer-friendly with the more common elements in society. Those educated in comprehensives etc."
Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt, would not be drawn on the matter but is believed to be seething at the prospect of hearing newsreaders delivering bulletins, that according to one unidentified Westminster source close to him, he believes will sound, "Like the morons, and the pathetic product of our current woefully appalling education system."