If you believe the old-timers then the nation is becoming stupid. Perhaps not actually the nation but then a good proportion of the people are less intelligent than their counterparts in previous generations. Every media is dumbing down because we are all too thick to understand long words.
Well, thank goodness for yesterday’s Observer (second reference to it in a row).
I am a dolt. You are a poltroon. I am a fool, and you are an imbecile. We are, collectively, being British people in the summer of 2002, thicker than a whale omelette. I am dumb, and you are, astonishingly, dumber.