A WORD IN THE HAND: PREFECT
Like beer-swilling schoolkids, preposterous prefixes cause much misery
A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd
The Covid-related furore about booze and cigarettes seems to have been replaced by anxious wrangling about whether or not children should go back to school, and how to keep them safe if they do.
It will be interesting to see whether the need to enforce mask-wearing and social distancing has a marked effect on the way discipline is doled out by teachers.
Given the potentially disastrous consequences of flouting anti-pandemic rules, it might not be unfeasible for the law banning corporal punishment to be revisited. But more severe methods of punishment would also have to comply with health and safety regulations, which might mean a return of the 3m-long whip as opposed to the cane or ruler...