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  • Americans are angry with us for polluting their language

    02/07/2011 5:08:46 AM PST · by NCjim · 138 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | February 7, 2011 | Kath Hinton
    After mangling our language for years, Americans are complaining about the invasion of traditional British lingo, says Kath Hinton. New Yorkers always fall for a nice English accent: whenever my well-spoken sister-in-law visits, they trill at her flowing diction and faultless vowels. Coming from Liverpool, I have a trickier time. In fact, I stopped ordering butter after three waiters in one smart restaurant failed to grasp my pronunciation. "Bootta! Bootta!" I pleaded, while my American friends wept with joy at my embarrassment. Now, however, it is the words we Anglo-Saxons use, not how we say them, that is causing a...
  • English-Only and English as Official Language Bills Gain Momentum

    02/01/2011 3:33:20 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 18 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | February 01, 2011 | Elizabeth Llorente
    State legislators in Indiana and Minnesota are pushing laws requiring public documents and other government business in those states to be done only in English. Minnesota state Senators introduced their bill on Monday; the measure is similar to one introduced in the state House earlier this month. Indiana state House representatives voted 63 to 26 last week to require all business to be conducted in English. Next the bill heads to the state Senate. Like Minnesota, Indiana’s measure allows exceptions to the English-only rule in cases of public health or safety situations. Official English advocates say they feel the momentum...
  • Muslim Brotherhood Deception: They Say Different Things in English and Arabic

    01/30/2011 9:10:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    big peace ^ | 1/30/11 | Christine Brim
    Over the next few days, here are 2 websites to compare – the Muslim Brotherhood’s English language and Arabic websites. First, the Muslim Brotherhood website in English – complete with the word “freedom” and a cute little girl, and no Islamic green in sight – here at http://www.ikhwanweb.com/:
  • Az Supreme Court: Law doesn't mandate Spanish insurance offers

    01/22/2011 2:29:31 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 15 replies · 1+ views
    eastvalleytribune.com ^ | Thursday, January 20, 2011 8:19 pm | By Howard Fischer
    Insurance companies don't have to make state-mandated offers of certain kinds of coverage in Spanish, even if that's the language the person speaks, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday. In a unanimous decision, the justices acknowledged that state law requires insurers to tell motorists they have the right to purchase protection from situations where another driver is either uninsured or lacks sufficient coverage to pay for all the medical bills incurred. And that notice, they said, must be in writing. But Chief Justice Rebecca Berch said if state lawmakers wanted to require insurance companies to provide that notice in Spanish,...
  • Help Required...

    01/09/2011 5:13:33 AM PST · by Mayr Fortuna · 39 replies · 3+ views
    Myself ^ | Sunday, 9 January 2011 | Mayr Fortuna
    Freeppers? In the sixties late century I had my first English Course which was Eletronic Teacher (one of this boondozels pseudo-cientific thing that used bone induction subliminar learning techs...) and at end sixties Thomas Gefferson House in Brazilia - Brazil for two years... I do have great difficulty with the double letters in words, as pp, ll, ss and so on... Can you help me with a rule?
  • China bars English words in all publications

    12/24/2010 5:55:44 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 63 replies · 4+ views
    Antara ^ | December 23, 2010
    BEIJING, Dec 23 (ANTARA) - Chinese newspapers, books and websites will no longer be allowed to use English words and phrases, the country`s publishing body has announced, saying the "purity" of the Chinese language is in peril. The General Administration of Press and Publication, which announced the new rule on Monday, said the increasing use of English words and abbreviations in Chinese texts had caused confusion and was a means of "abusing the language". Such practices "severely damaged the standard and purity of the Chinese language and disrupted the harmonious and healthy language and cultural environment, causing negative social impacts,"...
  • Annual MLA Panel Preview

    12/17/2010 11:12:36 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 16, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    At a time when most people pick out pine trees, many English professors make plans to travel to the annual convention of the Modern Language Association. Accuracy in Academia is, as usual, sending a correspondent to cover the event. Nevertheless, we thought that we would share with you what promise to be the most intriguing panels and presentations of the 2011 MLA meeting: o Dickens and Psychoanalysis o Queer Ecology o Literary Autism o Intolerance in Queer Cinema o Queer Studies and the future of the profession o Cultural Studies in Post-Socialist Spaces o Queering Lawrence [D. H.] o Queer...
  • Filipinos sue CA hospital over English-only rule

    12/08/2010 4:21:37 AM PST · by greatdefender · 24 replies
    AP-Yahoo! ^ | December 7, 2010 | AMY TAXIN
    LOS ANGELES – Dozens of Filipino hospital workers in California sued their employer Tuesday alleging they were the sole ethnic group targeted by a rule requiring them to speak only English. The group of 52 nurses and medical staff filed a complaint accusing Delano Regional Medical Center of banning them from speaking Tagalog and other Filipino languages while letting other workers speak Spanish and Hindi. The plaintiffs are seeking to join an August complaint filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Kern County federal court over the hospital's enforcement of a rule requiring workers to speak English. Filipino...
  • Lawrence O’Donnell: Sarah Palin is ruining the English language (Much ado about 'refudiate')

    11/18/2010 12:30:47 PM PST · by WebFocus · 55 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/18/2010 | Cubachi
    If there is something we learned this year, it’s that anything Palin tweets or writes on Facebook becomes international news and the talk of the nation, especially when it comes to politics.Two nights ago on his program, Lawrence O’Donnell decided to rant on New Oxford American Dictionary for their decision to include Sarah Palin’s word “refudiate” into the English language.Palin’s typo in a tweet about the Ground Zero mosque was the talk on twitter. Palin called it “Shakespearean.” The result: she popularized the word and it is now part of the lexicon. New Oxford wrote about their decision: An unquestionable...
  • Oklahoma votes to make English official language

    11/02/2010 8:21:26 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 21 replies
    newsok ^ | November 2, 2010
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma voters have approved a measure requiring that all official state actions be conducted in English. The author of the official English bill, Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, has said that English and the "melting pot" process it makes possible, "has made the United States the most successful multiethnic nation in history." The measure drew opposition from several groups, including the League of Women Voters of Oklahoma, which says the question discriminates against new citizens who want to do business with the state. Read more: http://www.newsok.com/oklahoma-votes-to-make-english-official-language/article/3510663#ixzz14BXQIFsO
  • Vote Aqui (Seriously?)

    10/27/2010 1:50:20 PM PDT · by Envisioning · 33 replies
    me | 10-27-10 | me
    I have been seeing these signs, or ones very similar, at polling places all around the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. Can someone explain this to me? Should you really be able to vote if you don't read english?
  • Property and Language

    10/17/2010 10:23:45 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | Fringe Elements
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  • Did Americans in 1776 have British accents? (Suprising answer)

    10/09/2010 8:08:47 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 182 replies · 5+ views
    Nick Patrick blog via Fark.com ^ | 10/09/2010 | Nick Patrick
    The typical English accent didn't develop until after the Revolutionary War, so Americans actually speak proper English. Here comes the science. Did Americans in 1776 have British accents? Reading David McCulloughÂ’s 1776, I found myself wondering: Did Americans in 1776 have British accents? If so, when did American accents diverge from British accents? The answer surprised me. IÂ’d always assumed that Americans used to have British accents, and that American accents diverged after the Revolutionary War, while British accents remained more or less the same. Americans in 1776 did have British accents in that American accents and British accents hadnÂ’t...
  • If Schools Were Like 'American Idol' . . .

    10/08/2010 1:24:41 PM PDT · by iowamark · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/08/2010 | Rupert Murdoch
    Unless we measure success by how children perform, we'll have higher standards for pop stars than public schools. Over the past few years, I have often complained about a hidebound culture that prevents many newspapers from responding to the challenges of new technology. There is, however, another hidebound American institution that is also finding it difficult to respond to new challenges: our big-city schools. Today, for example, the United States is home to more than 2,000 dysfunctional high schools. They represent less than 15% of American high schools yet account for about half of our dropouts. When you break this...
  • Boston agrees to help non-English-speakers in classroom

    10/01/2010 11:40:45 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | October 1, 2010 | James Vaznis
    About 8,300 students in Boston who are not fluent in English will receive the extra help to which they are legally entitled to overcome their language barriers, under a settlement reached between federal civil rights investigators and the Boston public schools. The agreement, announced this afternoon by local and federal officials, caps off an investigation launched earlier this year by the US departments of education and justice, who were concerned that Boston schools had been denying thousands of students appropriate services to learn English since 2003. The students, starting this school year, now receive specialized instruction in core academic classes,...
  • (Republic of) Georgia begins universal English classes

    09/26/2010 11:18:39 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 28 replies
    alJazeera ^ | Sept. 26, 2010
    Georgia is replacing Russian with English as the country's second language, two years after a major war with Moscow. Two years after the Russia-Georgia war, Tbilisi is aiming to replace Russian with English as the country's second language. English classes have been introduced in public schools across the former Soviet state and the government hopes all children will speak the language by 2014.
  • What Liberals Say vs What they Mean

    09/08/2010 6:51:41 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 3 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 09/08/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Many of us have been raised to think that words mean things. Then there’s Democrats. From those infamous phrases like “It depends on what the definition of what ‘is’ is” of yore to the newfangled “man-caused disasters” of today, Democrats have so abused the English language as to make it completely unrecognizable to Mr. Johnson. Certainly Democrats always upend the English language and warp it to fit their worldview, especially when they are trying to seem like innocents while trying to gain supporters. Perfect examples of this can be seen in Barack Hussein Obama’s turning the war against terror into...
  • Glenn Beck: Obama Let America Dumped Israel In Front Of Iran Nuclear

    09/04/2010 10:07:41 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 41 replies
    You Tube ^ | Glenn Beck
    Glenn Beck: Obama Let America Dumped Israel In Front Of Iran Nuclear
  • In English Courts: Vandalize Property, Say You Thought They Were Making Weapons for Israel,..

    08/31/2010 7:28:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 1+ views
    The Jewish Voice ^ | 8/31/10 | SLR
    On July 24, the secular press in Britain crackled with news that the Jewish community had been aware of for several weeks: At the end of June, a British senior justice, Judge George Bathurst-Norman, virtually instructed a jury to acquit seven protesters who had broken into and vandalized a Brighton factory, even though there was no question they were the culprits. The damage, committed in January 2009, forced the factory, EDO MBM, to shut down for a week and caused about Ł200,000 (almost $314,000) in damage. But at trial the defendants denied they were guilty of any crime. They argued...
  • Death of the published dictionary: Oxford English Dictionary to exist solely online

    08/29/2010 5:09:06 PM PDT · by Stoat · 103 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) / Various ^ | August 29, 2010 | Paul Sims
    It was first published 126 years ago and is respected the world over. But the Oxford English Dictionary will never appear in print again, its owners have announced. Instead, the 80 lexicographers who have been working on the third edition for the past 21 years have been told the fruits of their labour will exist solely online.   The OED has been available on the internet for the past ten years and receives two million hits a month from subscribers who pay Ł205 a year, plus VAT, to access it. Oxford University Press says the dominance of the internet...
  • Cops Ordered to Patrol Home of Geno's Owner, Joey Vento

    08/28/2010 5:04:29 AM PDT · by BobP · 8 replies
    nbcphiladelphia.com ^ | Aug 27, 2010 | KAREN ARAIZA
    Medford police were ordered to patrol Joey Vento's home and that's kicked up a new controversy for the owner of Geno's Steaks in South Philadelphia. Vento's last controversy -- his "order in English" signs -- landed him on the Glenn Beck show and made national headlines. He's been a huge advocate and long-time supporter of veterans and local police. In fact he donated a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to the Medford police department this year and that seems to be the real rub here. The motorcycle and the fact that Vento doesn't even live in Medford. He lives in the neighboring township...
  • Land of 10,000 lakes, and 1 official language?

    08/04/2010 9:37:32 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 8/3/10 | BAIRD HELGESON
    Gov. Tim Pawlenty waded into the national debate over immigration Tuesday, saying that Minnesota should consider making English its official state language. Such a measure could spare governments translation costs, but impose a new level of difficulty on the state's immigrant population. At a news conference outside the governor's residence, Pawlenty said that as the country becomes more diverse, some people might question which language to use in official documents. He said it might be helpful to clarify that the official language is English. Spokesman Bruce Gordon said Pawlenty made the comments when asked about his support for so-called English-only...
  • Globish, Globish everywhere: How English became the world's language

    08/02/2010 1:52:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 5+ views
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | August 1, 2010 | Barbara Julian, Postmedia News
    GLOBISH: How the English Language Became the World’s LanguageBy Robert McCrum Doubleday Canada, 331 pages ($32.95) The word “Globish,” as Robert McCrum uses it in Globish: How the English Language Became the World’s Language, refers to English as spoken internationally by people whose first language is something else. The term was invented by Jean-Paul Nerriere, who sees English as “the worldwide dialect of the third millennium” from his vantage point in international business. (He’s an IBM executive.) English is the language of international trade (a case of “follow the money,” says McCrum) and is spoken (or partly understood) by perhaps...
  • Fury as Israel president claims English are 'anti-semitic'

    07/31/2010 9:50:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 203 replies · 6+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/31/10 | David Harrison and Adrian Blomfield in Jerusalem
    Israel's president has accused the English of being anti-semitic and claimed that MPs pander to Muslim voters. Shimon Peres said England was "deeply pro-Arab ... and anti-Israeli", adding: "They always worked against us." He added: "There is in England a saying that an anti-Semite is someone who hates the Jews more than is necessary." His remarks, made in an interview on a Jewish website, provoked anger from senior MPs and Jewish leaders who said the 87-year-old president had "got it wrong". But other groups backed the former Israeli prime minister and said the number of anti-semitic incidents had risen dramatically...
  • English Is Mandated In Minnesota Small Town

    07/30/2010 9:57:09 AM PDT · by wrrock · 7 replies · 1+ views
    ButAsForMe ^ | 7/30/2010 | ButAsForMe
    New measure in Lino Lakes requires all government public meetings and documents to only be in English. Lino Lakes Minnesota can either be seen as small town America or a suburb of the Twin Cities, and it’s difficult to assess whether this is the start of a new trend or just a reflection of a small community with over 90% of its’ population being white. The measure to require all government public meetiAngs to be held in English and public documents to be only printed in English passed by a 4-1 margin yesterday. Read More...
  • English-only ordinance approved in Lino Lakes, Minn. (Common sense legislation)

    LINO LAKES, Minn. — An English-only ordinance was adopted Monday night by the Lino Lakes City Council in a decision that will bar the Twins Cities suburb from using city money to provide translated copies of many city documents. Council members voted 4-1 in favor of the ordinance during a meeting that attracted about 50 people. Councilwoman Kathi Gallup cast the lone no vote. City Councilman Dave Roeser, the chief proponent, has said the measure was motivated by economics. But no one has ever sought translated documents, and opponents have called it anti-immigrant grandstanding. ..... The measure requires all city...
  • In defense of Sarah Palin's English (A CNN liberal likes the new word -- 'Refudiate')

    07/23/2010 12:44:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/22/2010 | Roy Peter Clark
    I don't care much for Sarah Palin's politics, but I do like her word "refudiate." As I just typed the word, a squiggly red line appeared under it with a suggestion that I change the word to repudiate. Well, for the record, I repudiate that suggestion and refudiate it. People who don't like political figures often make fun of their language. H.L. Mencken said of a Warren G. Harding speech: "It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and doodle. It is balder and dash." Jimmy Carter's enemies portrayed him as a hick from the sticks, not just because of...
  • Zakir Naik: "Peace TV"'s Calls for Terrorism

    07/22/2010 2:16:03 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies
    HUDSON NEW YORK ^ | July 1, 2010, 5:00 am | by Irfan Al-Alawi
    SNIPPET: "Dr. Zakir Naik is a 44 year-old Muslim preacher born in India. He has gained a significant international following by establishing a satellite television network, Peace TV, which promotes Wahhabi Islam; it is based in Mumbai/Bombay, Saudi Arabia, and Dubai, and has a supporting organization, the Islamic Research Foundation. Naik has mainly broadcast his message in English as well as Urdu. But Peace TV is an ambitious enterprise that now aims at Albanian Muslims, among others. Zakir Naik is distinguished by one characteristic: incitement of provocative disdain for any other Muslims than Wahhabis and Pakistani jihadists, as well as...
  • Small Illinois Town Makes English Official Language

    07/15/2010 9:34:11 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 5 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 07/15/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Homer Township is not a metropolis commonly in the news in Illinois. Situated to the south and west of Chicago about an hour or so, the small town is generally a quiet place. That may be about to change, at least for this week, because the township's board of trustees just voted to support a new policy making English the official language for government business. Granted this is not much of a change from what they are already doing. The resolution requires that all business that the government of the township does will all be in English only, something that...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Alert Issued for 17 Afghan Military Members AWOL From U.S. Air Force Base

    06/17/2010 3:59:12 PM PDT · by TaraP · 113 replies · 3,961+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 17th, 2010
    A nationwide alert has been issued for 17 members of the Afghan military who have gone AWOL from a Texas Air Force base where foreign military officers who are training to become pilots are taught English, FoxNews.com has learned. The Afghan officers and enlisted men have security badges that give them access to secure U.S. defense installations, according to the lookout bulletin, "Afghan Military Deserters in CONUS [Continental U.S.]," issued by Naval Criminal Investigative Service in Dallas, and obtained by FoxNews.com. The Afghans were attending the Defense Language Institute at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. The DLI program teaches...
  • California: 44% of Orange County English learners pass test

    05/22/2010 6:06:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies · 408+ views
    Orange County Register (CA) ^ | May 21, 2010 | By FERMIN LEAL
    About 44 percent of Orange County's public school students still learning English passed a state test measuring fluency, figures released Friday reveal. More than 122,000 English learners took the California English Language Development Test, administered this spring. Statewide, 40 percent of the state's 1.3 million students still learning English passed. English learners make up about a quarter of the 500,000 students enrolled in county public schools. Despite improvements on the test, only 9 percent of English learners statewide were reclassified by their school districts last year as fluent.
  • Arizona passes law banning multilingual requirement for businesses

    05/18/2010 9:46:33 AM PDT · by conservativegramma · 98 replies · 2,850+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 18, 2010 | Ethel C. Fenig
    Arizona did it again! Fresh from signing a law that reinforces a federal law giving police the right to ask a person stopped by police for an unrelated matter to produce papers proving the right to be legally in the US, followed by a law banning schools from teaching minority/ethnic studies courses advocating separatism, group superiority and subversion of this country, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) signed legislation affirming that nothing in state law requires businesses to provide "trained and competent" interpreters when a customer comes in speaking a language other than English. Assistant Attorney General Michael Walker said that...
  • Pakistani Man Found with Explosives on Hands at U.S. Embassy in Chile

    05/11/2010 4:13:11 PM PDT · by pissant · 16 replies · 404+ views
    ABC ^ | 5/11/10 | Pierre Thomas
    A Pakistani man was detained at the U.S. Embassy in Chile yesterday after field tests detected explosive residue on his hands and personal items, the State Department said today. A U.S. official tells ABC News the man had been recently added to a U.S. terror watch list, and as a result his U.S. visa was in the process of being revoked. In accordance with U.S. law, the man had been notified of the intention to revoke his U.S. visa and he was at the embassy to discuss the matter.
  • Small New York Town Makes English the Law

    05/13/2010 7:23:03 AM PDT · by walsh · 10 replies · 524+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 13, 2010 | Walsh
    It’s about 2,500 miles from this green, rural town in the rolling hills near Vermont to the Mexican border at Nogales, but that hasn’t stopped Jackson from making a bid to be New York’s small version of Arizona in the immigration wars.
  • Source: NH bus bomb scare a misunderstanding

    05/07/2010 8:43:21 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 13 replies · 453+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 05/07/10 | Boston Herald
    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — The passenger at the center of a daylong bomb scare on a Greyhound bus in Portsmouth, N.H., was a foreign national who was too scared to get off the bus, a person with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press on Friday. The person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, said the bomb scare was sparked by another passenger who called 911 believing a non-English-speaking rider had mentioned a bomb. The 911 call around 11:15 a.m. Thursday prompted authorities to evacuate buildings and streets and...
  • Arizona Grades Teachers on Fluency (Teachers Deemed Heavily Accented, Ungrammatical Ordered Removed)

    05/01/2010 4:48:13 AM PDT · by lbryce · 55 replies · 1,716+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 30, 2010 | Miriam Jordan
    As the academic year winds down, Creighton School Principal Rosemary Agneessens faces a wrenching decision: what to do with veteran teachers whom the state education department says don't speak English well enough. The Arizona Department of Education recently began telling school districts that teachers whose spoken English it deems to be heavily accented or ungrammatical must be removed from classes for students still learning English. State education officials say the move is intended to ensure that students with limited English have teachers who speak the language flawlessly. But some school principals and administrators say the department is imposing arbitrary fluency...
  • "This Is Alabama; We Speak English" Governor Candidate Says

    04/29/2010 3:28:22 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 30 replies · 1,015+ views
    http://news.yahoo.com/ ^ | April 29, 2010 | Liz Goodwin
    Amid a national debate over Arizona's tough new immigration law, Republican Alabama gubernatorial candidate Tim James (and son of previous Gov. Fob James) vows in a new campaign ad that if he's elected, he'll give the state driver's license exam only in English, as a cost-saving measure. "This is Alabama; we speak English," he says in the ad. "If you want to live here, learn it."
  • 'This Is Alabama; We Speak English'

    04/27/2010 8:24:26 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 21 replies · 1,275+ views
    AOL ^ | 4/27/2010 | Mara Gay
    (April 27) -- Tim James is betting his election that Alabama voters prefer what he calls "common sense" to "political correctness." The Republican gubernatorial candidate is running a provocative ad arguing that Alabama's driver's license exam should be given only in English. "This is Alabama; we speak English," James says. "If you want to live here, learn it." The campaign spot has had more than 60,000 views on YouTube. The son of former Alabama Gov. Fob James promises to do away with the 12 foreign languages the test currently offers if he is elected in November. In the ad, James...
  • Alan Sillitoe: Who are you calling angry?

    04/26/2010 12:34:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 257+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 26 Apr 2010 | Aleks Sierz
    Cultural history is never fair. Alan Sillitoe, the novelist who died yesterday, will best be remembered not just for his books, but for being one of the original Angry Young Men of the late 1950s. Ironically enough, this was a role that he never auditioned for, a label that he never wore, and a movement that he didn't sign up to. Yet the appellation stuck and Sillitoe was remembered for being an Angry Young Man for the rest of his life. So who were these youthful angries, and what did they achieve? The Angry Young Men were defined by their...
  • A-huntin' The Sources of Appalachian English

    03/26/2010 7:00:19 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 184 replies · 1,756+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | March 26, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    An order of the Virginia Colonial Council dated May 4, 1725, concerned an allegation that "divers Indians plundered the Quarters of Mr. John Taliaferro near the great mountains [i.e., the Blue Ridge] . . .[and carried off] some of the Guns belonging to and marked with the name of Spottsylvania County . . . ." The Council concluded: "It is ordered that it be referred to Colo. Harrison to make inquiry which of the Nottoway Indians or other Tributaries have been out ahunting about that time . . . ." Now, the Colonial Council was an august body and its...
  • Federal agency to investigate L.A. schools

    03/12/2010 6:29:49 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies · 381+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 10, 2010 | Howard Blume
    The federal government has singled out the Los Angeles Unified School District for its first major investigation under a reinvigorated Office for Civil Rights, officials said Tuesday. The focus of the probe, by an arm of the U.S. Department of Education, will be whether the nation's second-largest district provides adequate services to students learning English. Officials turned their attention to L.A. Unified because so many English learners fare poorly and because they make up about a third of district enrollment, more than 220,000 students. "This is about helping kids receive a good education, the education they deserve," said Russlynn Ali,...
  • Oldest example of written English discovered in church

    03/02/2010 6:23:06 AM PST · by Palter · 51 replies · 1,335+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 01 Mar 2010 | Telegraph
    What is believed to be the first ever example of English in a British church has been discovered. It was written half a millennia ago and its message was serious enough to be painted carefully on the wall of England's finest cathedral. But now it seems no one can quite decipher exactly what the inscription on the wall of Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire actually says. It was hidden for 350 years behind a monument to a local aristocrat who was 'martyred' in the English Civil War for his support of King Charles I but rediscovered in January by astonished conservators....
  • Is 'Journalist' Another Job Americans Won't Do?

    02/18/2010 11:41:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 34 replies · 683+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 18, 2010 | Selwyn Duke
    Whenever criticizing grammar and punctuation, you run the risk of being labeled punctilious.  Worse still, since even many good writers involved in Internet journalism disgorge the odd typo, there's the chance you will come to be regarded as an expert on the glass-house real estate market. Yet there's no doubt that the much lamented decline in journalism is about style as well as substance.  And, just occasionally, you encounter an example of it that demands some attention. Such is a Channel 13 Action News (ABC) article titled "Las Vegas Mayor Goodman rejects Obama invitation," a piece that is, you might say,...
  • Al Qaeda's New Strategy, You Are Bombing America---SPEAK ENGLISH!

    02/14/2010 10:46:38 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 3 replies · 385+ views
    The Lid/Washington Times ^ | 2/15/2010 | The Lid
    Like it or not, one of the advantages that al Qaeda does have is an ability to change strategy without their leaders mulling it over for four months, the way President Obama did when he was trying to figure out Afghanistan. The Washington Times is reporting that during the underwear bombers second wave of talking he admitted meeting some other English Speakers at terrorism school in Yemen. Thank goodness his parents talking him into speaking, because this was all well after he shut up upon being read his Miranda rights.
  • Taxi Drivers Accused Of Racism For Displaying Sign Saying They Are 'English Speaking'

    02/02/2010 9:53:23 AM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies · 735+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | February 02, 2010
    Taxi Drivers Accused Of Racism For Displaying Sign Saying They Are 'English Speaking' Daily Mail Reporter 02nd February 2010 A racism row has broken out after a city's taxi drivers started displaying stickers in their cars saying they are 'English speaking'. Up to a dozen drivers have been showing off the notices bearing the St George's Cross on the back windows of their cars in Southampton, Hampshire. The small red and white sticker declares the cab is being driven by an 'English speaking driver.' But the flags have been branded 'racist' by trade representatives, councillors and racism campaigners who have...
  • How the English-Speaking Peoples Saved Civilization -- and Will Do It Again

    01/31/2010 2:36:25 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies · 628+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | January 28, 2010 | H. W. Crocker III
    If you read reviews no further than the first paragraph, you need read only this: Buy this book, read it, keep it, set it as required reading for your children. Andrew Roberts has penned a splendid, episodic account of the triumph of the English-speaking peoples in the 20th century, charting not only their political and military victories over Prussian militarism, Nazi tyranny, and blood-stained Bolshevism, but their victories over disease and poverty, their successes in science and technology, and their inherent creativeness, love of liberty, and economic dynamism. It is an inspiring story.   There are brilliant set-piece battles,...
  • Whatever happened to ... the English language?

    01/07/2010 11:37:13 AM PST · by SoonerStorm09 · 66 replies · 1,402+ views
    Tulsa Today ^ | January 6, 2010 | Ernie Osborn
    When did the preferred language of the US change? Moreover, when did people decide that it was okay to butcher it like a side of beef? With all of the text speak and "press 1 for English" going on these days how is it that we, as even semi-educated beings, allow the utter raping of the language and never even really bat an eye? Now, I will tell you that I believe that humans are a comical creation to say the least and I do not believe that any one race, gender or sexual preference, for that matter, is better...
  • Fluency at issue as ex-teacher's suit goes to SJC

    01/06/2010 2:08:41 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies · 978+ views
    Lowell Sun ^ | January 5, 2010 | Lisa Redmond
    BOSTON -- Should a teacher who can't speak fluent English to her students be allowed to stay in the classroom? The outcome of Phanna Rem Robishaw's case against the Lowell School Department and Lowell School Committee holds statewide ramifications for the state's educational system. Today, the state Supreme Judicial Court was scheduled to hear arguments from Robishaw, a former Lowell teacher who was fired for failing an English-fluency test, after a lower-court judge upheld the firing, saying the teacher's English proficiency was "utterly incomprehensible."
  • Immokalee stabbing shows another side of immigration debate

    12/23/2009 10:37:59 AM PST · by AuntB · 21 replies · 1,545+ views
    Naples News ^ | Dec. 23, 2009 | Brent Batten
    I swear we don’t plan this stuff out. But no sooner than does a series of articles about the Collier County Sheriff’s Office program to deport troublesome illegal aliens conclude than an illegal alien is in the headlines, and not in a good way. The sheriff’s program, as outlined in stories Sunday and Monday, targets illegal immigrants who run afoul of the law. Deputies, through extra training, are empowered to enforce federal laws and begin deportation proceedings as they see fit. In places without the program, local authorities have to rely on federal agents to undertake the deportation process against...
  • English language testing facility opens in IZ

    11/29/2009 4:42:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 308+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Patricia Ruth, USA
    BAGHDAD — A Nov. 18 ribbon-cutting ceremony here in the International Zone marked the opening of a new English language testing facility for Iraqis. The mission of the facility is to provide an improved environment for English language testing and to allow military and civilian candidates from the Government of Iraq to achieve their full performance potential. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Judith Resendiz, test control officer, said, "This new facility will support Iraqis who need to validate their English proficiency so they can participate in specialized schooling and pursue opportunities in other English speaking environments that will help them get...