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Queen's English society to close as too few people care about grammar.

London, June 5 ( ANI ): The Queen's English society has announced that it will cease to exist at the end of this month as no one cares about speaking proper English language anymore.

For 40 years, it has battled to defend the English language against poor grammar, spelling and punctuation.

But the society has finally conceded defeat to the Twitter and text-obsessed generation and is to fold, after none of its 1,000 members volunteered for roles within the organisation, the Daily Mail reported.

Chairman Rhea Williams revealed that the move in a message to supporters after the annual meeting, attended by just 22 people.

"Despite a request for nominations for chairman, vice- chairman, administrator, web master, and membership secretary no one came forward. So I have to inform you that QES will no longer exist," she said.

Its magazine Quest will publish one final time and then "all activity will cease and the society will be wound up."

Expressing sadness, she said: "Things change, people change. People care about different things. Lots of societies are having problems. Lives have changed dramatically over the past 40 years. People don't want to join societies like they used to."

Since being founded by a teacher in 1972, the QES has pointed out errors made by numerous public figures, including the monarch herself in a speech.

"It pains me to say it: the Queen has made a frightful howler," ex-chairman Kevin Botting said.

Patron Gyles Brandreth insisted that "the Queen's English isn't under threat" despite the closure.

"Her Majesty can sleep easy. The language is still in the good hands of all the people who speak good English," he said.

One of the society's biggest achievements was helping to shape elements of English in the National Curriculum. ( ANI )


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