Not for the first time I find myself agreeing with David Diment (Letters, August 10) in his objection to the use of the word ‘literally’ in areas where it is neither welcome nor correct.

Like that word ‘basically’ – used by those struggling for a reply to even the simplest question or topic of conversation, it is a waste of paper and ink.

I, in turn, would be interested to know what he thinks of the use of the word ‘criminality’, so common in recent days, what with some people being determined to literally (sorry David) destroy the foundations of our democracy.

My two objections to the content of his letter are that he refers to me as a veteran journalist (a sharp reminder of my own mortality) and ultra conservative.

Thank heavens he didn’t spell ‘conservative’ with a capital C .

Peter Unsworth Chipping Warden Near Banbury