Thursday, May 03, 2012

Wong, wong, wong?

The appointment of Roy Hodgson to the post of England manager - a cursed job at the best of times - has allowed The Sun to poke fun at the former West Brom boss's apparent speech impediment. In a story about Hodgson, they quipped that "Woy" would be fine with Sweden but might struggle with "Ukwaine and Fwance".

Is this playful banter or another example of tabloid bullying? The BBC looks at it here, while the esteemed phonology expert, John Wells, looks at it in detail here and all-round language buff and good guy, Michael Rosen offers his view on the story and its wider significance here.

Frankly, I don't care how Roy Hodgson speaks, just so long as he can whip a bunch of pampered premiership primadonnas into shape and make them play better than they have for last 45 years.