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talkSport: Horse Abuse, Murdered English And Jack Wilshere Is Not Wiltshire You Morons

by | 6th, October 2010

ONE of my guilty pleasures is to listen to talkSPORT when I should be doing more important things. But far more enjoyable than this is reading the comments on talkFORUM, a website whose apparent raison d’être to allow aficionados of the station to slag it off in extreme, obscene and often hilarious ways. (My current favourite thread is called, with admirable directness: Ronnie Irani is a cunt.)

Another thread caught my eye today: Micky Quinn Saying Debut Incorrectly for Over 20 years?? !

There is nothing particularly shocking about this. Quinn (aka the horse abuser ”, as he is known in the message board community) has form in this respect. He is, after all, the man who once read out the phrase faux pas as “fox paz”.

And this is a radio station where the retired sportsmen who co-present the majority of the shows can barely speak English at all, despite spending their entire lives here except for trips to away matches (in the case of the few who were good enough to play at international level) and holidays in Florida (where English is usually spoken).

So you’d think they would have had enough practice to master the basics of their mother tongue. And there are some things that you’d think they’d be able to get right if they made a little bit of effort. Yes, the word debut has its origins in French and looks different to the way it’s pronounced, but it’s been over here and “part of our game” since long before Quinny was a twinkle in his old man’s eye.

Then there are names. Not

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