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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...