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    11/04/2015 1:43:00 AM PST · by knarf · 33 replies
    American history | November 4, 2015 | knarf with D.D.Eisenhower
    I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
  • Father Thomas J. Rosica, CSB has become "THE STORY" to the disgrace of Federico Lombardi and...

    10/08/2015 5:39:19 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 13 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | 10/7/15 | Vox Cantoris
    "Father Thomas J. Rosica, CSB has become "THE STORY" to the disgrace of Federico Lombardi and Pope Francis himself!" Father Thomas J. Rosica, the Vatican's English-language spokesman for the Synod, has committed the greatest error of any media spokesman or communications expert -- becoming the actual story. Consider this screenshot from PewSitter.Com taken at 11:00PM, EDT on October 7. Read those headlines - four specific articles about Father Thomas Rosica and what he has said and not said. One, is a republishing by LifeSiteNews of his interview with the heretic, defrocked priest, Vatican II expert and same-sex so-called marriage supporter...
  • Trump: You have to speak English

    09/27/2015 9:24:44 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 37 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 9-4-2015 | MSNBC
    Morning Joe 9/4/15 Trump: You have to speak English Donald Trump discusses his recent criticisms of Jeb Bush speaking Spanish while on the campaign trail. Duration: 3:15
  • The Extraordinary Feature of Pope Francis's Mass: Latin

    09/23/2015 2:54:03 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 142 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 23, 2015 | Emma Green
    As a visitor to the United States, Pope Francis faces a minor challenge: His English isn’t so great. Over the course of the trip, he’ll give 18 speeches, and only four of them will be in English; he’ll mostly use his native language, Spanish, to give homilies and addresses. But at Wednesday’s mass in Washington, D.C., at which Francis will canonize Father Junipero Serra, he’ll add another linguistic twist. The main prayers of the service, along with the celebration of the Eucharist—the part of the service when people take communion—will be in Latin. Latin! This is an exclamation-mark-worthy fact for...
  • Jeb Bush Speaks Good Spanish, His Wife Speaks Poor English, In New Video

    09/15/2015 9:33:35 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 70 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/15/15 | NEIL MUNRO
    Gov. Jeb Bush has released a Spanish-language Internet ad, in which his Mexican-born wife makes her first appearance of the campaign to deliver a halting, accented and simple English pitch, while he speaks happily in confident Spanish. Columba Bush rarely speaks in public, and English is not her native language. She was born in Mexico, and moved to the United States with Jeb Bush. Her 15-second scripted comments are very simple. “I have lived more than half my life here. So, you know, I agree that we all have the same interests, the same feelings. We go to church every...
  • What Sarah Palin's 'speak American' is all about

    09/07/2015 7:34:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | September 6, 2015 | John McWhorter
    Sarah Palin is hardly alone in her sense of some threat to the hegemony of English in the United States. You know the drill -- Jeb Bush answers a question in comfortable Spanish, and Palin, after some perfunctory compliments that Bush's conversational Spanish will be good for connecting to Latinos, gets in that here in the United States we need to "speak American." The problem with this kind of rhetoric is that it corresponds to no crisis. There hasn't been any documented tendency for native-born Americans to be uncomfortable in English. Those born here to non-English speaking parents speak their...
  • Jeb Bush strikes back at Donald Trump in Spanish (again)

    09/04/2015 6:32:09 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    A defiant Jeb Bush struck back at Donald Trump on Thursday, declaring in English and Spanish that he would campaign with "los brazos abiertos" -- arms wide open. It was an admonishment of Trump's suggestion to Breitbart News on Tuesday that Bush should refrain from speaking in Spanish and "set the example by speaking English while in the United States." During a town hall in Hampton, New Hampshire, Bush didn't back down in the face of Trump's criticism, alleging that Trump would lead the Republican Party to defeat in next year's election. In another sign that the Bush's campaign no...
  • Trump to Jeb Bush: You should set an example by speaking English when you’re in the U.S.

    09/02/2015 1:45:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/02/2015 | AllahPundit
    Alternate headline: “Trump rises 10 more points in latest GOP poll.”I’ll say this much for Jeb answering questions in Spanish. If nothing else, it’s a case of him actually following his strategy of “losing the primary to win the general,” an approach he’s moved away from as the Bush/Trump war has developed. Speaking Spanish to reporters when conservatives are screaming that he’s a pro-amnesty sellout is as clear an example of positioning for the general irrespective of primary dynamics as there is. And if, in spite of everything, he ends up winning the nomination anyway, half the people on...
  • Donald Trump Fires Back At Jeb Bush: He Should Lead By ‘Speaking English While In The United States’

    09/02/2015 11:36:44 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 218 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/2/15 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    2016 Republican frontrunner Donald Trump tells Breitbart News former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush should be speaking English—not the Spanish he spoke in to attack Trump in Miami this week—on the campaign trail. Trump had harsh words for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in this interview, as well, and lit into the donor class, all while saying that the “silent majority” in America is waking up and fighting to take back the country from the political class. Trump also predicted that he will not only win the White House in 2016, but that he will be re-elected in 2020–predicting he will be...
  • The top ten most unexpected words added to the online Oxford dictionary

    08/27/2015 4:07:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/27/15 | Lucy Clarke-Billings
    The online Oxford dictionary has added 1,000 new words to its database. The latest additions have been announced, highlighting the things British people have been talking about in the summer of 2015, such as inconsiderate commuters, solidified waste and unacceptable service charges. Here are ten of the most unexpected words on the list: manspreading (noun): the practice whereby a man, especially one travelling on public transport, adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart, in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat or seat awesomesauce (adjective): extremely good; excellent bants (noun): playfully teasing or mocking remarks...
  • Long past time to make English the official national language of the United States

    08/26/2015 4:56:24 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/26/15 | Al Kaltman
    Illegal immigration issue is a timely reminder “Language is a unifying instrument which binds people together. When people speak one language they become as one, they become a society”—S.I. Hayakawa Donald Trump’s stance on illegal immigration is a timely reminder that assimilation (to a common language, culture and values) is what makes the United States exceptional. If we are to continue to be the greatest nation on earth then we must remain a melting pot. As Senator Hayakawa so eloquently explained, “The United States, a land of immigrants from every corner of the world, has been strengthened and unified because...
  • Sah-ry, eh? We’re in the midst of the Canadian Vowel Shift

    08/04/2015 10:51:55 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 44 replies
    Maclean's ^ | August 1, 2015 | Meagan Campbell
    Out with “oot.” No more “aboot.” Canada is talking with a New Speak. In a linguistic pivot called the Canadian Vowel Shift, we are pronouncing “God” more like “gawd,” “bagel” like “bahgel,” “pillow” like “pellow,” and “sorry” less like “sore-y.” The word “Timbit” is becoming “Tembet,” and “Dan slipped on the staircase” now sounds more like “Don” “slept” on it. First discovered in 1995, the new vowels are contagious, spreading rapidly from Victoria to St. John’s, where linguists are mapping the frequency of people’s voices and using ultrasounds to track their tongue and lip placement. “We’re in the middle of...
  • Fluent English to be essential for UK public sector jobs

    08/02/2015 4:24:19 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    Press Trust of India, ^ | Monday, August 3, 2015 | Aditi Khanna
    London, Aug 2 (PTI): People in Britain who do not speak fluent English will be barred from public sector jobs which involve working directly with the public, the government announced today as part of its new tough immigration laws. From September, National Health Service (NHS) staff and council workers will be among those required to have language skills equivalent to GCSE grade C or above, the announcement said. It will also include police officers, social workers, teaching staff and assistants. Managers will have to test if employees can "communicate effectively with the public". Minister for the Cabinet Office Matt Hancock...
  • The whitewashing of England’s Catholic history

    06/16/2015 8:39:11 AM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies ^ | 16 Jun 2015 | Ed West
    Last week I was writing about Magna Carta and how the Catholic Church’s role has been written out, in particular the part of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Stephen Langton. But the same could also be said about much of English history from 600AD to 1600; from the very first law code written in English, which begins with a clause protecting Church property, to the intellectual flourishing of the 13th century, led by churchmen such as Roger Bacon, the Franciscan friar who foresaw air travel. However, the whitewashing of English Catholic history is mainly seen in three areas: political liberty, economic...
  • How the English language became such a mess

    06/09/2015 6:37:00 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 142 replies
    BBC News ^ | June 8, 2015 | James Harbeck
    First, the greed: invasion and theft. The Romans invaded Britain in the 1st Century AD and brought their alphabet; in the 7th Century, the Angles and Saxons took over, along with their language. Starting in the 9th Century, Vikings occupied parts of England and brought some words (including they, displacing the Old English hie). Then the Norman French conquered in 1066 – and replaced much of the vocabulary with French, including words which over time became beef, pork, invade, tongue and person.
  • Linguist Says You Can Use ‘Like’ More. He’s, Like, Wrong.

    05/08/2015 1:48:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    TNR ^ | Marc Tracy
    If you are under the age of 45, chances are that at some point somebody over the age of 45 has condemned your alleged overuse of the word “like.” This person may or may not have said it politely. He or she may have been motivated by an altruistic desire to make you look respectable to others, a self-interested impulse to stop you from irritating them, or something in between. Either way, how we use “like” is one of the most gaping generational divides this side of those who ask, “Did you get my email?” (Of course we got your...
  • Daily Lobo takes aim at gender specific words he, she.

    04/09/2015 10:59:48 PM PDT · by leapfrog0202 · 36 replies
    KRQE news ^ | 04/09/2015 | Emily Younger
    ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The University of New Mexico’s student paper has started using new pronouns for people who don’t identify as a man or a woman. “I thought that was ridiculous,” said Samantha Peters. “I think the names are kind of funny,” said Paul Talley. “I feel it’s weird,” said Michael Peters. The names “zi” and “zir” have people on UNM’s campus talking. Thursday, the university’s newspaper, The Daily Lobo, explained in an editorial it will now be using the two words as pronouns when writing about people who don’t identify as a male or a female. “The only non...
  • There Is No ‘Proper English’: Ignore grammar scolds. If people say it, it’s the right way to speak

    03/17/2015 7:37:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 148 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/17/2015 | OLIVER KAMM
    It’s a perpetual lament: The purity of the English language is under assault. These days we are told that our ever-texting teenagers can’t express themselves in grammatical sentences. The media delight in publicizing ostensibly incorrect usage. A few weeks ago, pundits and columnists lauded a Wikipedia editor in San Jose, Calif., who had rooted out and changed no fewer than 47,000 instances where contributors to the online encyclopedia had written “comprised of” rather than “composed of.” Does anyone doubt that our mother tongue is in deep decline? Well, for one, I do. It is well past time to consign grammar...
  • There's a lot wrong with the world, isn't there? -- David Mitchell (Video)

    03/11/2015 4:14:55 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 5 replies
    The Guardian via You Tube ^ | November 26, 2014 | David Mitchell
  • NAACP battles Latino groups over school for non-English speakers

    03/11/2015 4:24:04 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11 March 2015 | Barnini Chakraborty
    WASHINGTON – A plan that would dedicate two public high schools in suburban Washington to immigrants and second-generation students struggling with English is pitting black and Hispanic communities -– usually allies -- against one another. The Prince George’s County, Md., chapter of the NAACP is strongly opposing the plan -- which would take effect next school year, and cover about 800 students having English language difficulties -- claiming it will pull resources from other students and unfairly redistribute them to Hispanic students. Some critics go so far as to compare the plan to segregation. “It’s a slap in the face,”...
  • How Spelling Keeps Kids From Learning

    02/10/2015 6:30:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 126 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | February 9 ,2015 | Luba Vangelova
    Johnny in Topeka can’t read, but Janne in Helsinki is effortlessly finishing his storybooks. Such a disparity may be expected by now, but the reason might come as a surprise: It probably has much less to do with teaching style and quality than with language. Simply put, written English is great for puns but terrible for learning to read or write. It’s like making children from around the world complete an obstacle course to fully participate in society but requiring the English-speaking participants to wear blindfolds. Adults who have already mastered written English tend to forget about its many quirks....
  • US business process, IT firms urged to seriously mull outsourcing in PH (Philippines)

    11/12/2014 2:39:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | October 28, 2014 | US Bureau
    American information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) companies should take a serious look at the Philippines, which continues to be an “ideal location for customer service and technical support outsourcing,” the Philippine ambassador to the US advised. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. made this pitch to business executives and decision makers from Wall Street and Fortune 500 firms who attended a networking event hosted recently by the Philippine Consulate General in New York and the Seven Seven Corporate Group. “The IT-BPM industry has been the fastest growing industry in the Philippines in the last 10 years,” Cuisia said as...
  • An eye-popping 20% of U.S. residents abandon English at home

    10/06/2014 11:29:18 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 6, 2014 | Stphen Dinan
    One-fifth of people in the U.S. speak a foreign language at home, according to a report being released Monday by the Center for Immigration Studies, which found Arabic and Urdu — the national language of Pakistan — among the fastest-growing. The report found that nearly half of all California school-age children speak a language other than English at home, as do a third of Texans and Nevadans, according to the report, which is based on Census Bureau numbers.
  • Black Lady Describes How Speaking Properly Shouldn't Be Viewed As "Talking White"

    09/26/2014 5:17:40 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 58 replies
    Live Leak ^ | Sep-26-2014 | Live Leak
    Video Link Here
  • US has identified masked man in beheading videos

    09/25/2014 11:50:21 AM PDT · by redreno · 20 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. believes it has identified the British-accented masked man in the videos depicting the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker, the FBI director says. FBI Director James Comey told reporters at the bureau's headquarters he would not reveal the man's name or nationality. Comey did not address whether the U.S. believes the man actually carried out the killings himself. The beheadings are not shown in the videos
  • English Proficiency Matters

    09/24/2014 4:17:55 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 1 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | September 24, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    According to the latest findings of the liberal-leaning Brookings Institute, nearly 10 percent of working-age adults in Americans have limited or no understanding of the English language. Their findings rebuke decades of rhetoric from the Progressive left insisting that multiculturalism and language diversity is of benefit to the nation as a whole and a more "compassionate" way to look at American assimilation. Brookings provided the data to justify what conservatives have known all along, the mastery of English proficiency matters greatly. It is the first key step to upward mobility and vital to becoming a "true" American. The concept of true...
  • Calls for Ending Unfairness to the English

    09/19/2014 1:01:55 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 3 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 19 September 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Before the referendum on Scottish independence and in order to keep the United Kingdom from disintegrating, the leaders of the three main British parties - David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband - made generous promises in return for the Scottish people to vote No to breaking away from the Union. They promised more powers and money for Scotland. Some say that these promises have come dangerously close to Maximum devolution (Devo Max for short), which means that, except in defence and foreign affairs, the Scottish Parliament gets power over everything. A source of concern is that these promises...
  • Another Mayor Says: Thousands are Killed by Guns

    09/17/2014 5:36:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
     Mayor Hodges of Minneapolis is all wet. I recently wrote about Mayor Sly James of Kansas City saying that "Too much violence is committed by guns".   I was skeptical that he had actually said that, because the Mayor is a well educated man, and served on active duty as a Marine.   It is a nonsensical statement to say that violence is committed "by" guns.   It transfers volition and responsibility to an inanimate object.  But, with another Mayor saying much the same thing, I begin to wonder. Minneapolis Mayor Betsey Hodges, at a "Gun Violence" conference in Milwaukee, used the...
  • What passes for theater and theater reviews amongst New York’s self-styled finest

    09/14/2014 6:10:24 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 13 replies ^ | 9-14-2014 | Bookworm
    America’s upper classes are now and have always been insecure. Lacking a hereditary nobility, social strivers have had to work hard to distinguish themselves from the masses when the only distinguishing feature, really, is cash. In the 19th Century, worried rich people formed "the Four Hundred" to distinguish the social "in-crowd" from the hoi polloi. America's nervous upper class, distinguished now, as it was then, by money, not heredity, is still trying desperately to distinguish itself from those gun and God lovin' American masses upon whom Obama heaped such scorn.Our social "betters" go to Ivy League schools where earnest (and...
  • Affirmative Action Granted for Non-English University Students

    09/13/2014 3:38:43 PM PDT · by InspCallahan · 10 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sept. 12, 2013 | John Bennett
    <p>Imagine an immigrant father who tells his family, ‘We must improve our English and speak it in the home, because we're in a new country where English is the first step to success.’ In 1914, his statement would have carried great moral authority. He would have been right. But now the answer is, ‘No, you silly old man, you'll ruin my chance to get into the University of Texas.’</p>
  • Scottish independence: Decapitate Britain, and we kill off the greatest political union ever

    09/08/2014 2:19:24 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 50 replies ^ | 08 Sep 2014 | Boris Johnson
    Right: it’s time to speak for Britain. If these polls are right, then we are on the verge of an utter catastrophe for this country. In just 10 days’ time we could all be walking around like zombies – on both sides of the Scottish border. I don’t just mean that we will be in a state of shock, though that will obviously be true: most people (especially the Scots) have yet to think through the horrific financial and constitutional implications of an English-Scottish divorce. I mean that we will be zombies, walking dead, because a fundamental part of our...
  • Gene Simmons Wins Argument with HuffPo Host over Speaking '[expletive] English'

    08/17/2014 3:00:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | August 15, 2014 | Tony Lee
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)This week, KISS rocker Gene Simmons not only embraced assimilation and the importance of English for immigrants to succeed, he gave a textbook example of how to successfully--and forcefully--do so on hostile turf. He did so with no apologies--and plenty of compassion. In an entertaining interview on HuffPostLive, Simmons said he was "given all the advantages of native-born children" after coming to the country when he was eight years of age, which he said was "astonishing" compared to other nations. Why? Because he learned "[expletive] English" and embraced America's melting pot instead of separatism (salad bowl). "I'm actually saying the...
  • Who's number 1? Really? What country's non-native English-speakers speak the best business English?

    08/13/2014 4:20:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    The Economist ^ | 08/13/2014
    WHAT country's non-native English-speakers speak the best business English in the world?  Try to think of five countries before reading on. Done?  The answer, according to GlobalEnglish, is probably not what you think.  (GlobalEnglish is owned by Pearson, which part-owns The Economist).  Remember that the survey tested non-native speakers, so don't be too distracted by the placement of the Anglophone countries.  Still, Global English's results are very strange. If you thought that the Philippines has the best business English in the world, and that Germany would miss the top 25, you haven't had the same work and travel experiences I...
  • Fired Texas Principal Speaks Out: ‘It Would Be Best to Speak English in Classrooms’

    08/10/2014 2:34:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies ^ | August 10, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    On November 12, 2013, Amy Lacey, the principal of Texas’ Hempstead Middle School, was placed on administrative leave and subsequently fired when she made a simple request to students: speak English. Now that the gag order has expired, Lacey is speaking out about what happened that day, dispelling rumors that she banned Spanish from the school’s campus. “I informed students it would be best to speak English in the classrooms to the extent possible, in order to help prepare them for [state] tests,” she wrote in a letter to the Houston Chronicle explaining her side of the story. “It is...
  • Has Citizenship Jumped The Shark?

    07/20/2014 4:33:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | July 20, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Growing up, I was – as I assume you were – inundated with lists of “the benefits of citizenship.” The list was long and capped, naturally, by the fact the United States was the best, strongest, freest nation on the planet. Being an American was a source of pride. But is it still? Do the benefits of citizenship still outweigh the alternative? As progressives cheer the dissolution of our southern border and, by extension, our sovereignty, it’s worth looking at the benefits of non-citizenship illegal aliens now enjoy and comparing them to the responsibilities of citizenship. Most people don’t like...
  • Federal Gov’t Sues Wisconsin Company, Says English-Language Requirement is 'Discrimination'

    07/02/2014 3:49:02 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 64 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 2, 2014 | Brittany M. Hughes
    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal agency tasked with enforcing workplace discrimination laws, is suing a private American business for firing a group of Hispanic and Asian employees over their inability to speak English at work, claiming that the English-language requirement in a U.S. business constitutes “discrimination.” Judicial Watch reported Tuesday that the government is accusing Wisconsin Plastics, Inc. of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on “national origin.” The government argues this includes the “linguistic characteristics of a national origin group.” Irene Garcia, the blog editor and Spanish media...
  • U.S. Sues American Co. For Requiring Workers to Speak English

    07/01/2014 12:18:26 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 42 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 1 2014 | Judicial Watch
    The United States government is actually suing a private American business for discriminating against Hispanic and Asian employees because they don’t speak English on the job. It involves a Green Bay Wisconsin metal and plastic manufacturer that fired a group of Hmong and Hispanic workers over their English skills, “even though those skills were not needed to perform their jobs,” according to the feds. More importantly, forcing employees to speak English in the U.S. violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, says the Obama administration. Here’s the twisted explanation from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the...
  • Is There A Distinctive 'Indian English'? [The Butchering of the English Language!]

    06/29/2014 5:12:23 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies
    BBC News ^ | June 29, 2014
    Is There A Distinctive 'Indian English'? BBC Trending By BBC Trending Is there a distinctive "Indian English"? Yes, according to a hashtag that's been trending in the country - #IndianEnglish. "Open the windows and let the atmosphere come in." "Today is my Happy Birthday." These are a couple of examples being shared on the hashtag #IndianEnglish. Since it took off early on Thursday, it's been used around 20,000 times in India. It was started by 22-year-old Ojas Korde, a masters student in public relations from Mumbai. "On Twitter, we take things lightly," he told BBC Trending. Indians often translate directly...
  • Indian officials ordered to ditch English for Hindi

    06/20/2014 11:08:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:28PM BST 20 Jun 2014 | Dean Nelson
    Since Lord Macaulay set out to turn India’s native elite into “a class of persons Indian in blood and color, but English in tastes, in opinions, in morals and in intellect” in 1835, English has been the country’s language of government. But according to a leaked memo, Indian officials must now use Hindi in all official posts on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. Ministers have also ordered officials, many of whom do not speak fluent Hindi, to use the language in presentations. The disclosure provoked an angry response from state leaders across the country yesterday, who resent the...
  • Can Bowe Bergdahl really have forgotten how to speak English?

    06/05/2014 4:43:02 AM PDT · by don-o · 63 replies
    The Conversation ^ | June 6, 2014 | Monika Schmid
    When US soldier Bowe Bergdahl was released after being held captive by the Afghan Taliban for five years, his father said his son was “having trouble speaking English”. Many will find this statement incredible: is it really possible to forget your native language? The answer depends on many factors. The first is what we mean by “forgetting”. Would it, for example, be possible for a mother tongue to be completely forgotten, so that a person cannot understand, or even recognise it anymore? The answer is yes, but only if she or he lost contact with that language before puberty. Studies...
  • The Wild Children of Yesteryear

    06/01/2014 6:40:44 PM PDT · by windcliff · 65 replies
    New York Times ^ | 5-31-14 | JON GRINSPAN
    PHILADELPHIA — DINNER with your children in 19th-century America often required some self-control. Berry stains in your daughter’s hair? Good for her. Raccoon bites running up your boy’s arms? Bet he had an interesting day. As this year’s summer vacation begins, many parents contemplate how to rein in their kids. But there was a time when Americans pushed in the opposite direction, preserved in Mark Twain’s cat-swinging scamps. Parents back then encouraged kids to get some wildness out of their system, to express the republic’s revolutionary values. American children of the 19th century had a reputation. Returning British visitors reported...
  • Merriam-Webster's dictionary new words: 'Spoiler alert,' 'selfie,' 'catfish' and more for 2014

    05/19/2014 5:07:08 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 4 replies
    Zap2it ^ | May 19, 2014
    The English language is always adding new words. Why, just a few years ago, there was no way to tell a social-networking fangirl that it was a spoiler alert to talk about who was catfished on MTV last night, nor was there a way to properly discuss a social networking hashtag of a steampunk tweep taking a selfie while listening to auto-tune dubstep. Merriam-Webster has fixed this by adding 150 new words to its official dictionary in 2014. Here are just some of the new additions:
  • Kinks - You Really Got Me (Stereo - 2:13min)

    "The Kinks an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, by brothers Dave Davies and Ray Davies in 1963. The Kinks, who rose to fame during the mid-1960s and were part of the British Invasion of the US, are recognised as one of the most important and influential rock groups of the era....." .....;
  • Arizona Nursing Student Sues After Being Suspended for Requesting Instruction in ENGLISH

    02/24/2014 7:00:14 PM PST · by montag813 · 107 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 02-24-2014 | Brian Hayes
    What Happens When Bureaucrats Who Apparently "Need" Your Money More Than You Get A Taste Of Their Own Medicine? Funny Video Takes Apart The Whole "I Need It So I Can Steal It" Mentality. This Should Be Good For A Laugh Or Two! Who Says There Is No Free Lunch? Watch Now!
  • Common Core Is Not Catholic Education

    12/07/2013 2:50:55 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 7, 2013 | David G. Bonagura, Jr.
    When Rudy Giuliani was mayor of New York, he came to my high school for an assembly. One of my classmates rose to ask him a question. After naming his public grammar school, he explained that he had not been taught any formal English grammar in his years there, and as a result, he found himself woefully unprepared for our high school English program. “What,” my classmate asked the mayor, “will you do about this?”Mr. Giuliani became visibly flustered. He apologized and said he was not aware that this was happening. He expressed his disproval over the school’s dereliction, and...
  • Prof corrects minority students’ capitalization, is accused of racism - “micro-aggression”

    11/27/2013 2:33:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 90 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 26, 2013
    Racial tensions are inflamed at the University of California at Los Angeles following several incidents — most notably, one where a professor corrected the grammar, punctuation and capitalization in minority students’ assignments. The act of correcting a black student was “micro-aggression,” according to the members of the student group “Call 2 Action: Graduate Students of Color,” which launched a sit-in during a subsequent meeting of the class. “A hostile campus climate has been the norm for Students of Color in this class throughout the quarter as our epistemological and methodological commitments have been repeatedly questioned by our classmates and our...
  • English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet

    11/19/2013 7:00:05 AM PST · by Borges · 53 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | NOV 19 2013 | MEGAN GARBER
    Let's start with the dull stuff, because pragmatism. The word "because," in standard English usage, is a subordinating conjunction, which means that it connects two parts of a sentence in which one (the subordinate) explains the other. In that capacity, "because" has two distinct forms. It can be followed either by a finite clause (I'm reading this because [I saw it on the web]) or by a prepositional phrase (I'm reading this because [of the web]). These two forms are, traditionally, the only ones to which "because" lends itself. I mention all that ... because language. Because evolution. Because there...
  • How English Are You? Take the Test

    10/24/2013 12:57:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 18 Oct 2013
    Is the English sense of patriotism fading? According to a poll, English people are more likely to know the date of St Patrick's Day than St George's. Find out how English you are by taking our testEnglish people are more likely to be able to name the date of the US Independence Day and St Patrick's Day than St George's Day, according to a new poll. The survey found only 40 per cent were able to identify St George’s Day as falling on April 23, compared with 71 per cent who could give July 4 as the American national holiday...
  • Tom Clancy never flunked English at Loyola

    10/14/2013 11:47:38 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 6 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 10/7/13 | George Matysek
    It certainly makes for a good story: a scrappy kid from Baltimore flunks out of an English class at what is now Loyola University Maryland only to become an international bestselling author. The problem is that the oft-told tale concerning Tom Clancy is just as fictitious as Jack Ryan. “It was an urban legend that just wouldn’t die,” said Carol Abromaitis, the English professor accused of giving Clancy an F in her class. For decades, Abromaitis urged English majors to let others know the truth. Her efforts bore little fruit. “One major said to me, ‘Of course not. It makes...
  • Verizon Tells Employees English Only, Please

    08/24/2013 4:41:24 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 53 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | Aug. 23, 2013 | ichard Mullins | Tribune Staff
    Verizon executives in Tampa Bay are informally telling employees that they should be speaking English only when on the job. Not because Verizon has an English-only policy at work — it doesn’t — but because speaking Spanish at work when not absolutely necessary can make nearby English-only speakers feel excluded. This topic came to a head recently in Tampa when three employees of a Verizon dispatch center were speaking Spanish together, and another employee made a complaint because she felt excluded. The tri-lingual newspaper La Gaceta first reported on the incident this week, telling the story of Margaret Hess, a...