Over at the London News Review there is an aggressively insightful series of articles about Urban English (UE) and popular music.
I liked this bit about date rape advocate and chart-topping dancehall DJ Sean Paul Henriques—“a middle class, mixed-race Jamaican”—toning down his nastiness to appeal to white fashion victims:
It would seem that Sean Paul has pitched it just right. Not too aggressively rude to be perceived as threatening, but just rude enough to titillate The Guardian. Perfect.
The author, Keely Fisher, is a lecturer in English at Brasenose College, Oxford.