Parents have been sent letters from a school urging them to stop their children using phrases such as 'ax' in place of 'ask' and 'innit, blood'.
Nelson Mandela Primary School warned against 'problem' phrases and criticised children using pronunciations, such as 'free' and 'butta' instead of 'three' and 'butter'.
The letter spells out 11 'incorrect' phrases. 'I ax him' and 'I shanked 'im, fam' were blacklisted, and parents were reminded that 'yous' should not be permitted because 'you is never a plural'.Well, goodness me!
Carol Walker, Nelson Mandela's headteacher, defended the letter, saying: 'We would like to equip our children to go into the world of work and not be disadvantaged.
'We need the children to know there is a difference between dialect, accent and standard English.A welcome thing, surely?
I might have slightly amended some details there. How naughty of me.
But could you imagine the almighty fuss that the above would cause, if it wasn't targeted at white working class children?