A retired journalist who founded a campaign to preserve the correct use of the apostrophe in the English language. is giving up his battle because he says “ignorance has won”. We discuss what’s causing the decline in the use of this punctuation mark and teach you some vocabulary along the way.

This week’s question
The word ‘apostrophe’ itself – which language does it come from? Is it:

a) Latin

b) Greek

c) Arabic

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

𝐚 𝐩𝐞𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐭
Someone overly concerned with correcting small mistakes

𝐭𝐨 𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫
to stay in a place longer

𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫
to walk around with no real purpose or desire to get somewhere quickly

𝐮𝐩 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐢𝐫
at risk, possibly not going to happen

a lack of knowledge about something

𝐚 𝐛𝐚𝐫𝐛𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧
a primitive and uncivilized person

To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200109

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