Wednesday, 28 December 2011

The art of pronunciation

Tracey Emin’s misuse of the English language

The artist Tracey Emin, who guest edited BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, has been widely attacked in the ensuing hours as a “Tory stooge” after revealing she’s voted for both David Cameron and Boris Johnson.

Britartist Tracey Emin

That Emin has voted for the party closest to my own political persuasions is about the only thing I can say I admire her for. I personally think her unmade beds and tents covered with the names of all the men she’s ever slept with are nothing other than gross but that doesn’t mean she shouldn’t be allowed an opinion as to who should be in power.

BBC Radio 4's Today programme

Instead, what I found most irritating about her stint on the show was her appalling use of the English language. Perpetuated with words like “mornin” and “workin” and “doin,” Emin’s pronunciation was beyond dreadful and made me truly felt like hurling something at the radio.

Tracey Emin would do well to heed the words of George Bernard Shaw: “To correct an Englishman’s pronunciation is to imply that he is not quite a gentleman.”

Listen to the BBC Radio 4 Today interview with Tracey Emin at:


Scott said...

She is truly cringe making. Next!

Katy said...