Letter: Weak words

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Sir: Colin Cooper (letter, 1 February) is correct in pointing out the misuse of the term "strong language" in the warnings before television programmes. It is not strong language: it is weak language, language that serves no purpose and carries no information (except lack of vocabulary on the part of the writer or character.)

Similarly with the warnings against "adult themes" before films and plays. What is meant is "puerile themes". If the play were dealing with adult themes it would be about filling in tax returns or attending PTA meetings. What might be the wording of a new caveat that would cover these situations, but would be more honest and informative?

DOUGAL DIXON

Wareham, Dorset

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