"Most children learn how to swear before they even know the alphabet": Forget the ABC, toddlers prefer the F-word


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'Most children learn how to swear before they even know the alphabet': Forget the ABC, toddlers prefer the F word0.7% of all English spoken language is swearingMany children learn swear words before the alphabetBad language dates to Romans and Anglo-Saxons By Hugo Gye and David Gardner PUBLISHED: 14:59 GMT, 11 April 2013 | UPDATED: 04:07 GMT, 12 April 2013 Most children learn how to swear before they even know the alphabet, according to a new book that examines bad language and its origins. English speakers also use a curse word on average once in every 140 words, roughly the same proportion as the first person plural pronouns such as ‘we’, ‘us’ and ‘our.’ The surprising preponderance of swearing in everyday language probably explains why the majority of children know at least one obscene word by the age of two, says language expert Dr. Mellissa Mohr, from Stanford University in California.

Council spends 100,000-a-year on just TWO "grammar tsars" to help teachers prepare 10-year-olds for exams


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Council spends 100,000-a-year on just TWO 'grammar tsars' to help teachers prepare 10-year-olds for examsKent County Council employs two 'literacy consultants' to tutor teachersEach earns between 51,000 and 54,000 a yearMove comes ahead of new grammar tests for pupils aged 10 and 11Critics say teachers should already have firm knowledge of grammar By Damien Gayle PUBLISHED: 14:54 GMT, 29 March 2013 | UPDATED: 20:10 GMT, 29 March 2013 A council has come under fire for employing two 'grammar tsars' on 50,000 each to help primary school teachers learn the answers to a new English test – for 10-year-olds. Kent County Council has employed two 'literacy consultants' to tutor primary school teachers ahead of a new grammar test for pupils aged 10 and 11 in June this year.

Boss of renowned English vineyard who crashed his sports car after getting "tipsy" at a wine tasting sued for 300,000 by injured girlfriend


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Boss of renowned English vineyard who crashed his sports car after getting 'tipsy' at a wine tasting sued for 300,000 by injured girlfriend Winemaker and his girlfriend had been at a London wine tasting since 11am Art Tukker, 24, then drove home from Haslemere station to West Sussex Tukker escaped the crash of his TVR sports car unscathedHis ex-girlfriend was 'seriously injured' and had to be cut from wreckage By Olivia Williams PUBLISHED: 20:55 GMT, 22 March 2013 | UPDATED: 20:57 GMT, 22 March 2013 The owner of an English vineyard who crashed his sports car after getting 'tipsy' at a wine tasting is being sued for 300,000 by his injured former girlfriend.

15 arrested and smoke bombs hurled at police as English Defence League confront anti-fascist group


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15 arrested and smoke bombs hurled at police as English Defence League confront anti-fascist groupNewlyweds caught up in demonstration as they get married in city squarePolice penned in opposing protesters on opposite sides of square By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 17:14 GMT, 2 March 2013 | UPDATED: 22:07 GMT, 2 March 2013 Fifteen people were arrested today as smoke bombs were hurled at police during a rally by the far right English Defence League.

Orley Farm School headmaster who hid coded W***** insult in colleague"s retirement letter steps down


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W*****! Headmaster’s message announcing teacher’s retirement hid coded insult which was spotted by his departing colleague Mark Dunning announced Roger Clark's retirement in school newsletterBut Mr Clark noticed the kind words were not what they seemedMr Dunning has now quit the 13,000-a-year Orley Farm School in Harrow By Helen Lawson PUBLISHED: 10:32 GMT, 1 March 2013 | UPDATED: 20:15 GMT, 1 March 2013 Retired teacher Roger Clark was insulted by his headmaster Mark Dunning in a school newsletter As retirement announcements go, it seemed kind and innocuous enough. But a prep school headmaster's wordplay has cost him his job after his departing colleague detected a stronger sentiment between the lines. 'It is with mixed feelings that I announce the retirement of Mr Roger Clark at the end of this term,' wrote Mark Dunning, the head of the 13,000-a-year Orley Farm School in Harrow, north-west London.

Primary school where ALL 440 pupils speak English as a second language receives glowing Ofsted report

British primary school where every single pupil is 'foreign' and speaks English as a second language (but it still received a glowing report from Ofsted) Gladstone Primary School in Peterborough most multi-cultural in BritainBut language barrier hasn't stopped major improvement in standards census of 1,600 schools, it was found English-speaking children are now in a minority, with the figures particularly startling in the 14 inner London boroughs, where there were 98,000 non-native English speakers compared to 78,000 who could list the language as their number one. Nationwide, there were 97 schools where the number of pupils speaking English as a mother tongue was fewer than one in 20 of the school population. After London, Birmingham had the highest concentration of 'foreign' pupils, followed by Bradford and then Leicester

Go-it-alone Scotland "would be forced out of 14,000 treaties and have to renegotiate membership of the EU"


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Go-it-alone Scotland 'would be forced out of 14,000 treaties and have to renegotiate membership of the EU'Scotland would have to re-apply to organisations including EURemainder of UK would continue to have same international powers Report is 'huge blow' to Alex Salmond By Daniel Martin PUBLISHED: 01:49 GMT, 11 February 2013 | UPDATED: 01:50 GMT, 11 February 2013 Blow: Alex Salmond, the SNP leader, whose claims Scotland would not have to apply to join groups such as the EU are sounding increasingly unlikely (file picture) If Scotland voted for independence it could have to re-apply to a whole host of international organisations including the EU and the World Bank, laywers said. It would also have to renegotiate 14,000 international treaties, according to legal advice commissioned by Whitehall.

In the red: Ministers serve up 1,000 bottles of Bordeaux from the government wine cellar (plus champagne, brandy and gin)


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In the red: Ministers serve up 1,000 bottles of Bordeaux from the government wine cellar (plus champagne, brandy and gin)… and guess who foots the 55,000 bill Whitehall functions enjoy 5,000 bottles of wine and spirits in the last yearBill includes a 1906 bottle of Hine Grande Fine brandy worth 1,472Critics say officials should opt for 'modestly' priced drinks By Gerri Peev PUBLISHED: 18:15 GMT, 7 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:48 GMT, 7 February 2013 GUests at Whitehall functions enjoyed 1,000 bottles of Chateau Margaux 1982, an older vintage than the bottle pictured Bottles of vintage wine worth more than 1,100 each have been quaffed at government parties at taxpayers' expense. Guests at official Whitehall functions were treated to 23 bottles of a 1982 vintage Chateau Margaux Bordeaux, which sells for up to 1,100 a bottle.

Adorable video of deaf bulldog dancing to the vibrations of his master"s blues guitar goes viral


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Adorable video of deaf bulldog dancing to the vibrations of his master's blues guitar goes viral By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 03:56 GMT, 14 January 2013 | UPDATED: 07:26 GMT, 15 January 2013 Just because you're deaf doesn't mean you can't have soul.

Blue plaques go to the wall: Government cuts spell the end to tributes on former homes of the great and the good after 140 years


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Blue plaques go to the wall: Government cuts spell the end to tributes on former homes of the great and the good after 140 years Taxpayer-funded quango says it faces 'uncertain future'Will honour existing commitments but can't accept new nominationsEnglish Heritage may seek private sponsorship to maintain scheme By Chris Hastings PUBLISHED: 22:10 GMT, 5 January 2013 | UPDATED: 07:59 GMT, 6 January 2013 Tribute: Stephen Fry unveiling one of the blue plaques for writer P.G. Wodehouse in 2004 English Heritage plans to stop erecting the blue plaques that commemorate the lives of the great and the good because it can no longer afford to pay for them