Grammar slip

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In those distant days when I was young and The Scotsman cost 3d for students, and schools still taught serious English, your esteemed newspaper employed sub editors who were familiar with our language and even with its grammar.

Happy days!

I cannot believe that the distinguished and literate Allan Massie (Perspective, 13 November) did not shudder when reading your sub-heading to his article, referring to “a criteria of Scottishness”.

Does the word “criterion” not appear in your in-house spell-checker these days? Some of us still care.

Norman D H Murphy

East Saltoun

East Lothian