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I don’t know about you but I find that it’s interesting to witness end of something. Endings are events and you don’t always get to witness proper, groundbreaking events in a lifetime.

Granted, there are always things like Berlin Wall and Twin Towers coming down, but, let’s face it, those things weren’t actually up for very long. Triumphs and tragedies, sure; but short-lived ones.

I’m reading a book called In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne. This novel is mostly about stuff that happened in London. But what’s important here it’s not so much what’s in this book, but what’s been left out of it.

Have you guessed what’s missing yet? If you’ve been paying attention to what I’ve been writing here you’ll have noticed a slight peculiarly: one of most common words in English language is absent from my prose. I’ll not tell you which one, but it’s not hard to work out.

And it’s not missing from all of book I referred to, just from dialogue, and only when one particular character is speaking. And he doesn’t leave word out all time, just sometimes. Just when he feels like it.

This character is a youf. He’s part of an ethnic minority. He’s marginalised. And he’s our future! If his pattern of speech catches on, then it’s curtains for one of mainstays of language; one that’s been around for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. You feeling my vibe?

So, yeah, this is what I call an event. Thoughts?

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