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  • The History of the Ampersand

    09/30/2018 8:04:00 AM PDT · by Moonman62 · 22 replies
    Black Lion Banner ^ | 10/15/17 | Jonny Gibson
    As with a lot of aspects of typography, the history of the ampersand begins with our triumphant and progressive friends, the Ancient Romans. Roman scribes would write in cursive so as to increase the speed of their transcription, often combining letters into one form to save time while also increasing legibility, where certain characters overlap in a visually discordant manner — this was the birth of the ligature. The ampersand is simply a ligature of the letters E and T (et being the latin word for and). [...] The Etymology Before deconstructing the word ampersand, you must first understand another latin legacy...
  • Hardly anyone majors in English anymore. Scholars debate why.

    09/20/2018 7:00:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 94 replies
    College Fix ^ | September 20, 2018 | Staff
    The English major is shrinking at an alarming rate. This according to a recently published report by the Association of Departments of English. The report, published in July, states that approximately two-thirds of English departments that responded to a survey reported either a decline or sharp decline in the number of undergraduate English majors.
  • Taco Bell employee fired for refusing to serve English-speaking customer

    09/15/2018 5:03:08 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 15, 2018 | Louis Casiano
    A Spanish-speaking Taco Bell employee in Florida was let go by the fast food chain after a video circulating on social media this week showed her refusing to serve an English-speaking customer. The video shows the employee at the restaurant’s Hialeah location appearing to become annoyed when customer Alexandria Montgomery tried placing her order in English, the Miami Herald reported. WSVN 7 News ✔ @wsvn "No habla ingles!" Hialeah Taco Bell employee fired for refusing to take order from customer who doesn't speak Spanish. Watch full video here: After getting nowhere, Montgomery asks to speak with a manager. The employee,...
  • Arizona GOP secretary of state candidate says ballots should only be printed in English

    08/15/2018 6:26:05 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/15/18 | Jacqueline Thomsen
    A candidate running to be Arizonas next secretary of state said the state should stop offering ballots printed in other languages and provide them only in English. The Arizona Republic reported Wednesday that Republican candidate Steve Gaynor made the proposal during a candidate forum over the weekend. "My printing plant in L.A. printed an information pamphlet not too long ago. It had 18 languages on it," said Gaynor, who owns a printing business that creates pamphlets for California elections, according to the Republic. "I would be the first to say it should be ... ballots, information pamphlets, all the material...
  • 22% of US population does not speak English at home

    07/24/2018 6:30:16 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 44 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 24, 2018 | Paul Bedard
    Some 13.5 percent of the U.S. population -- 44 million -- is foreign born, the highest level ever, and many are not proficient in English, choosing to speak Spanish at home instead. A report from the Migration Policy Institute found that 22 percent of the U.S. population does not speak English at home. The share was highest in Nevada at 31 percent and Florida at 29 percent. The report revealed a new trend in migration to the U.S where immigrants are dispersed throughout the nation instead of clustering in a few states and cities. For example, while the number of...
  • Why North Korean defectors learn English

    07/07/2018 4:30:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | July 7, 2018 | Casey Lartigue Jr. and Eunkoo Lee
    Sunhee, female, arrived in South Korea in 2014 Some people think that because I am studying hair design and working in a beauty salon that I don't need English, but that is not true. There are so many things about my work that require English, and of course there are also foreign customers that I need to communicate with properly. If I make a mistake because of English, then of course they will blame me and say that I made a mistake because I'm from North Korea. "I have attended many workshops and career fairs where it is clear that...
  • This Company Is Hiring Work-from-home Teachers And Pays Up To $20 Per Hour

    06/09/2018 11:53:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Bloomington Pantagraph ^ | June 8, 2018 | Kaitlin Gates
    Working from home certainly seems to be increasing in popularity, and its not hard to see why. Not only does it mean you can stay in your pajamas, but youll also save money in gas and perhaps the best part no actual co-workers you have to pretend to like. Dozens of companies are jumping on the stay-at-home bandwagon, like Xerox, Philips and even The Disney Store. While many of these jobs are in customer service, some are for things you probably didnt know you could do from home like teaching. Qkids is looking for college students, teachers,...
  • FYI: English isn't the official language of the United States

    05/20/2018 1:55:26 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 74 replies
    MSN/CNN ^ | 5/20/2018 | Harmeet Kaur
    Aaron Schlossberg, a lawyer in New York, was caught on camera berating staff members of a restaurant for speaking Spanish with customers. A lot of multilingual countries promote an official language, but the United States has never done so with English. In fact, the US has no official language. "The Founding Fathers didn't see a need to declare one," Dr. Wayne Wright, a professor of language and literacy at Purdue University, told CNN. "English was pretty much the dominant language of the United States at the time and they didn't want to offend their fellow Americans who helped fight for...
  • North Korean defectors are learning English so they can survive in South Korea

    05/09/2018 9:09:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Outline ^ | April 11, 2018 | Justin Heifetz
    Refugees long, dangerous journey from the worlds most isolated country doesnt end when they arrive in Seoul. Kim Sung-chul escaped North Korea four times. The first time he left his home in rural Musan with his mother, he was just 17 years old. But a year into living in a foreign land amid the icy villages of far northeast China he caved into his homesickness. In the dead of winter, North Korean soldiers discovered him hiding in the freezing Tumen River separating the two countries, and pulled him out of the reeds. After another aborted escape, he was...
  • UC-Davis lists yo and xie as gender-neutral pronouns

    03/28/2018 9:16:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | March 28, 2018 | Toni Airaksinen
    The University of California-Davis LGBTQIA Resource Center has a new pronoun guide that adds yo, xie, ey, en, and ve to the list of gender-neutral pronouns. The What are Pronouns? guide invites students to choose personal pronouns other than he or she, positing that all students should be given the opportunity to state the pronoun that is correct to use when referring to them during class.
  • English is Weird: Starting With the Word 'UP'

    02/24/2018 9:45:32 AM PST · by V K Lee · 59 replies
    https://moravia.com ^ | 3/1/18 | Lee Densmer
    English is weird, hard to learn, and often hard to translate. An article on this showed UP in my email inbox this week, and I thought Id share it with you. While I didn't dream it UP, I found out, after looking it UP on the web, that the article's content might originally come from here. I enjoyed reading UP on it, and I made UP the parallel between the uses of the word and localization. (It gets worse from here). UP can be a noun, verb, adjective, adverb, and preposition. This two-letter word in English has more meanings than...
  • Scholars defend African American English, from Ebonics to slang to improper grammar

    02/23/2018 7:04:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 127 replies
    College Fix ^ | February 23, 2018 | Drew Van Voorhis
    A documentary currently being screened at dozens of campuses nationwide promotes the idea that African American English is something to be appreciated, celebrated and championed, that its a common thread and bonding tool among descendants of slaves.
  • The English language is shattering India's caste system

    02/11/2018 7:54:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/10/2018 | Monica Showalter
    We can tell illegals till the cows come home that learning English is the real path to assimilation and upward mobility and all we hear is that diversity is "strength" or maybe that we have yanqui imperialista racist prejudices. But over in India, we are seeing that idea coming to life. Quartz has a long and utterly fascinating piece by Sajith Pai, titled "India has a new caste for native English speakers only,' describing how English is not only a great skill to have in the global economy, and a path upward in a big striving country such as...
  • Can We Talk? A Brief List of Annoying Expressions and Verbal Fumbles

    01/19/2018 7:47:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 216 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-18-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Can We Talk? A Brief List of Annoying Expressions and Verbal Fumbles Msgr. Charles Pope • January 18, 2018 • We all have certain phrases that annoy us; oddities creep into the language that invite comment or could use correction. To that end, I propose below a list of ten annoying and/or misused words and expressions.Please accept this list in the humorous vein in which it is intended. I am playing the role of an irritated curmudgeon, but it’s just my shtick. Have some fun with me as I complain and then feel free to add to my list.So,...
  • Pet Translator: Scientist Developing Device To Convert Dog Barks Into English Language

    01/17/2018 5:11:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 99 replies
    Tech Times ^ | 15 January 2018 | Allan Adamson Tech Times Russian Army unveils secret weapon: puppie
    The idea of humans being able to talk to and understand animals may soon become a reality. A researcher is working on a device that may be used as a pet language translator in the future. Using artificial intelligence, scientists learn how to translate vocalizations and facial expressions of animals into something that humans can understand. Animal behavior expert Con Slobodchikoff is one of these researchers whose work may allow pets and their owners to effectively converse with each other using a pet translator in less than ten years. Slobodchikoff, from Northern Arizona University, has studied footage of dogs engaged...
  • Court rules in favor of Trump over fate of consumer watchdog [CFPB]

    01/10/2018 7:27:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 10, 2018 9:35 PM EST | Ken Sweet
    A federal judge ruled late Wednesday in favor of President Donald Trump and the White House over the control of the national financial watchdog agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In a 46-page opinion, Judge Timothy Kelly denied Leandra English, the deputy director of the CFPB, a preliminary injection that would have stopped Mick Mulvaney, Trumps budget director, from taking on a second role as acting director of the agency. The conflict arose late last month when Richard Cordray, named by President Barack Obama to lead the CFPB, stepped down and named English as his replacement. In response, the White...
  • Iran bans English lessons in primary schools

    01/07/2018 11:23:35 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/1/18 | Elad Benari
    Iran has banned the teaching of the English language in primary schools, a senior education official said on Sunday, according to The Guardian. Teaching English in government and non-government primary schools in the official curriculum is against laws and regulations, Mehdi Navid-Adham, head of the state-run high education council, was quoted as having told state television. The assumption is that in primary education the groundwork for the Iranian culture of the students is laid, he added. The decision to ban English came after Islamic leaders warned that early learning of the language opened the way to a western cultural invasion....
  • Iran bans teaching English in primary schools as Islamic leaders warn it opens the way to a Western>

    01/07/2018 10:46:43 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 43 replies
    Daily Mail Company (UK) ^ | Scott Campbell For Mailonline and Reuters
    Mehdi Navid-Adham, head of the state-run High Education Council, said: 'Teaching English in government and non-government primary schools in the official curriculum is against laws and regulations."
  • The Intrusion of White Families Into Bilingual Schools

    12/29/2017 10:08:46 AM PST · by Architect of Avalon · 40 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Dec 28, 2017 | Conor Williams
    Stephanie Lugardos second-grade classroom at Academia Antonia Alonso in Wilmington, Delaware, is bubbling. Smiles break out on an array of faces, and the chatter spills out in English and Spanish. This is an incarnation of a new American pluralism, one of the latest iterations of Walt Whitmans teeming nation of nations flowering in their curiosity and welcome of novelty. Downstairs, in a kindergarten class, an African American student exclaims to her friend, I know how to say that in Spanish! Jos Aviles, the head of Academia Antonia Alonso, describes the school as a sort of multicultural nirvana. We tell parents,...
  • How German companies adopted English as their lingua franca

    12/22/2017 6:42:03 AM PST · by GonzoII · 45 replies
    Handelsblatt ^ | December 15, 2017 | Claudia Obmann
    Many German firms are switching to English as the primary language for meetings and communiqus, to the chagrin of some linguists and executives. But they have no choice. Snip.... Ergo represents a larger trend. In a Handelsblatt poll, 18 of the 30 top companies listed in the DAX index of blue chips said English was their official business language, meaning that key documents, announcements and guidelines are penned in it. Only three companies surveyed said their official language remains exclusively German (see table below). Even German car icon VW last year announced that it would make English the corporate language...