Sir: Maureen Blakesley (letter, 1 August) is to be praised for her support of standard English. Unfortunately, the example she complains about is in fact correct: Waitrose is right to say "lay all bottles down", as "lay" is what people do to objects.
If she prefers "lie down", I must point out that this is for people and animals, who can place themselves on the ground.
The Queen's English Society
Thames Ditton, Surrey
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