On spelling

by Jess

Language Log and Alternet both had some great write-ups of the hilarious misspelling on a banner at Pat Buchanan’s “English-only” initiative conference.  Or conferenece, if you’re Buchanan, I guess.

The Alternet article quotes Peter Brimelow as saying that requiring Spanish proficiency in key positions, such as the police force (which, according to Brimelow, is on the Obama administration’s To Do list), will be a “direct attack on the American working class.”  That reminds me of a joke that a  Spanish teacher of mine once told:

What do you call someone who speaks three languages?  Trilingual.  What do you call someone who speaks two languages?  Bilingual.  What do you call someone who speaks one language?  American.

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