From tired cliches to meaningless jargon, neglected rules of grammar to empty slogans, the English language is being abused in many quarters. Politicians dupe us with deliberately evasive language. Business leaders leave us baffled. Professors fear the consequences of correcting their students' mangled sentences. Bureaucrats bore us into submission. Language is about communicating. All this does the opposite. Journalists and broadcasters, who should know better, lazily collaborate. Words are devalued and rendered meaningless. English is a beautiful language which should give us pleasure, not pain. John Humphrys pokes fun at the many ways people mangle our language.