29 September, 2010
It's that Emma Thompson bint off the telly, innit, like?
So BBC Breakfast decided to illustrate the news item with a visit to a West London school, where the kids are invited to provide samples of their current slang. All very interesting, but get over it Emma, girl. Kids always invent their own cryptolects to exclude adults and assert their independence. Most grow out of it when they have to deal with the grown-up world in earnest.
But there's a consolation available for Emma in the BBC's package. Remember her earlier outburst, when Exeter and its university proved altogether too hideously White for her Rwandan adoptive son's peace of mind? Well, I'm sure she'll be suitably overjoyed by the ethnic composition of the class who were quizzed about their slang on this morning's show: