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"It is understandable that some teachers are also wary of allowing pupils to talk to each other, given the amount of time they spend just trying to get the blighters to shut up." ("Talking is good for learning: discuss", TESpro, 21 September.) According to the Oxford English Dictionary, "blighter" means "a person who is regarded with contempt, irritation, or pity". If you think teachers regard their pupils with contempt, irritation or pity, you ought to visit more schools. In all my years of working in nurseries and schools, I've never heard a teacher use this word. I thought TESpro was a professional journal, not a tabloid.

Mari Booker, Brighton.

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