Actor Ralph Fiennes has blamed social networking sites like Twitter for eroding the English language.

During the BFI London Film Festival awards in Old Street on Thursday, the actor openly stated that the language was being eroded and that it was changing. We're in a world of truncated sentences, sound bytes and Twitter, the Daily Mail quoted Ralph as stating.

Our expressiveness and our ease with some words are being diluted so that the sentence with more than one clause is a problem for us, and the word of more than two syllables is a problem for us, he said.

The 48-year-old actor said this after he had received the British Film Institute Fellowship at the award ceremony. The star's directorial debut, Coriolanus, was also featured during the festival. It has been reported that it was this change in modern language that inspired him to make the contemporary form of Coriolanus.

The Telegraph UK reported that Fiennes' views are also shared by JP Davidson, the author of Planet Word. Recently, the author mentioned that You only have to look on Twitter to see evidence of the fact that a lot of English words that are used, say in Shakespeare's plays or PG Wodehouse novels - both of them avid inventors of new words - are so little used that people don't even know what they mean now.