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Speaking in Tongues

The PoguesImage via WikipediaPajamas Media » Obama’s Language Mandate: Why It Feels Like Hungarian to Me

Obama needs to be reminded that the United States is not in Europe. In a country this large, with a historically diverse ethnic population, language becomes a unifier. The fact that English is the one language spoken in a country of this size provides evidence of our independence and unity. The acquisition of a second language here, consequently, is done neither out of necessity nor under duress. Rather, a foreign language is studied for its own sake — an endeavor that signals a sure sign of higher education and a higher standard of living.

Hell, I can curse like a sailor in English, Spanish and Gaelic. No one had to explain to me why naming a band “The Pogues” was screamingly funny, because I knew the rest of the epithet.

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