A few days ago, to my horror, I came across the use of the word “gotten” in an article in the Times. I meant to write and complain but ran out of time; fortunately, others did, apparently sending a stream of “apoplectic letters” at this misuse of the language.
On the whole, I admire the vibrancy of the American language, as long as no one confuses it for English or uses it in the Times. On the same theme, some media outlets, referring to a trial in London, said that the defendant had “taken the stand”. What stand, where to, and was this not an offence in itself, I wondered?