ENGLISH is a beautiful language, spoken by Shakespeare and Milton to name but two.

It has evolved over the centuries and is probably spoken by more people on earth than any other tongue.

It should therefore be treated with respect and not mangled in any way and to defend it in my small way can I ask, request and perhaps order speakers of this tongue to call Bishopthorpe just that and not Bishy.

At the same time note that the town about 30 miles south of York is Doncaster and not Donny.

Mike Usherwood, Mendip Close, Huntington, York.