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Adenoidal patois 'int so bostin if you want a job.

GIVE short shrift to the pudding-headed parents of Halesowen's Colley Lane primary.

They're angered that school head John White has outlawed pupils from speaking and writing in the Black Country dialect.

So out goes the unintelligible "it wor me" (translated as "it wasn't me") and "I cor do that" ("I can't do that).

While a smidgeon of local pride should be encouraged, actively encouraging youngsters to use this particularly adenoidal patois is to condemn them to the tail-end of the dole queue.

Parents say attempts to introduce standard English are snobbish, tantamount to suggesting the heavily-accented are disadvantaged. But they are. Black Countryspeak is, unlike most dialects, completely ungrammatical, thus becoming an impediment to career progress.

Those icons of the areas, Lennie Henry and Noddy Holder, have indeed done well - but once they cross the border into Birmingham, correct grammar reasserts itself. I don't recall Lennie's Othello owing anything to Quarry Bank or Tipton.

All political parties are concerned that working-class children are no longer heading towards professional careers. They lack aspiration. Encouraging them to sound like local yokel comedians is unkind.

Adenoidal patois 'int so bostin if you want a job
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