Emma Thompson says youngsters’ poor language drive her ‘insane’

Last Updated: Sep 28, 2010, 15:42 PM IST

London: Don’t be stunned if you find Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson giving English lessons because youngsters who use slang when communicating drive her ‘insane’.

The 51-year-old mother of two noted it was vital for teens to learn the difference between speaking to their friends and talking to people in authority.

"We have to reinvest, I think, in the idea of articulacy as a form of personal human freedom and power.I went to give a talk at my old school and the girls were all doing their `likes` and `innits?` and `it ain`ts`, which drives me insane. I told them, just don`t do it. Because it makes you sound stupid and you`re not stupid," the Telegraph quoted her as telling Radio Times.

"There is the necessity to have two languages – one that you use with your mates and the other that you need in any official capacity. Or you`re going to sound like a knob," she added.

Thompson’s hard talk may disappointment the youth but her point is likely to be better received by parents who are often at a loss as to understand what their offspring are saying.