Queen’s English Society comes to an end
New Delhi: As the United Kingdom celebrates 60 glorious years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, Queen’s English Society is believed to be packing up. According to the Gaurdian, the society, which rallied against the misuse of English language, has admitted that it can’t keep pace in the era of text and Twitter.
The society’s president, Rhea Williams announced the group`s annulment in a message to members following the annual meeting, which just 22 people attended. "Despite the sending out of a request for nominations for chairman, vice-chairman, administrator, webmaster and membership secretary, no one came forward to fill any role," she said and added, "So I have to inform you that QES will no longer exist. There will be one more Quest, then all activity will cease and the society will be wound up. The effective date will be 30 June 2012."
According to Williams, getting people involved and active for the society had become extremely difficult over the years.
"Things change, people change," she said. "People care about different things. If you look at lots of societies, lots of them are having problems. Lives have changed dramatically over the last 40 years. People don`t want to join societies like they used to," Williams added.
However, Gyles Brandreth, the society`s patron seemed optimistic and said, "The Queen`s English isn`t under threat. Her Majesty can sleep easy. The language is still in the good hands of all the people who speak good English."
He described the members and organisers of the society as "a group of enthusiasts celebrating the richness and diversity of the English language", and is convinced that whether or not enough volunteers can be found to keep the society going, their enthusiasm and love for good English will live on.
He added: "I spoke to the society about six months ago. They were in good heart."
Among the issues that the society has championed over the years are the need to improve the standard of written and spoken English in Britain, the revival of the reading of stories to young children and the improvement of the standard of English in exams.