Speaking as a dumbed-down chav…

I am endlessly fascinated by the people who are, by their own account, in a constant state of simmering rage at having to overhear other people’s uncouth language. This comment was in response to an article in the Sunday Times:*

Dave Russell wrote:

Couldn’t agree more abouyt the dumbing down of the nation. Just listen to a conversation between a group of people under the age of 25. It seems to be cool to speak like a complete thicko these days, no longer something to be ashamed of. The one thing that really grates on my nerves is to hear people using the child-like term ‘train station’ instead of ‘railway station’- the mark of the true dumbed-down chav. The other thing is how some apparently intelligent people think its cool to continually use swear words in public-in bars, buses and trains etc-even at the ‘Train Station!’ Most of the this dumbed down class wouldn’t understabnd a single Monty Python sketch-they simple don’t have the educational background.

OK, this is the usual stuff: the suffering of psychic violence when exposed to casual speech, the fear of the demotic. But the idea that the mark of a ‘true dumbed-down chav’ is that they say ‘train station’? That’s genius.

*admittedly, it’s a Jeremy Clarkson article, but even so.


  1. 18 October 2009 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    heh. He’s trying to tell people they don’t know their proper station.

  2. Harry
    18 October 2009 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    I imagine that’s just one part of his broad-spectrum anger and resentment.

    EDIT: Oh my god, I’m an idiot and I only just noticed your excellent wordplay. *feeling stupid*

  3. 19 October 2009 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Grrr…it’s a RAILWAY STATION!

    Unfortunately it seems that chav or otherwise now prefer to call it a train station. There can’t be much time left before civilisation finally collapses.

  4. Harry
    19 October 2009 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    The joy about linguistic peevery is that you could be being sincere or you could be taking this piss: and there is no way of knowing. No statement about the decline of language is so mad or so hyperbolic that I can’t imagine someone saying it.

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