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English, language of self-enslavement

One of the best outcomes of having grown up in a Hispanic dominated culture, El Paso, Texas, having Hispanic and Mexican (from Mexico) friends and family, and speaking the language... is that I can spot and counter all the pure BULLSHIT that racist organizations like the "TeaBags" and their sponsors like Dumfox Noose tell their poorly educated followers. 25892

Futbol or Football, it’s all about us

Americans already have a "football" and so come into conflict with a majority of the world when our television broadcasters have to say "soccer" and assuage the confusion of US viewers when confronted by everyone else's "football." And ironic too, the sportscasters like to explain, compounding their error, because it's about the foot and the ball, unlike domestic football which is about using your hands to carry an un-spherical bladder. But this humor presumes another American overreach: "Futbol" incorporates "foot" and "ball" only if you speak English. 19129

Teabonics parlee-voo

While we've been fussing about whether to dub them TEABAGGERS or just TEABAGS, someone's honed in on the pejorative that binds them, TEABONICS --with apologies to African Americans whose variant dialect reflects cultural influence not lack of education or intelligence. Irony of course flies IQ levels above Tea Partygoers, as central to their anti-immigrant anglo-centrism is the insistence that real Americans know English. Here's a Flickr collection of proclamations in Teabonic. 15878

Obama said The Ukraine not Ukraine tsk

On the subject of spinning the debates...   Did you hear about Barack Obama's horrible gaffe in the first debate?! According to public radio, Obama referred to "The Ukraine" instead of the less diminutive "Ukraine" sans-the. PRI's The World trotted out tsk-tsks from a Ukrainian-accented expert who derided Obama for his un-PC insensitivity to her country's post-Soviet independence. 4986

Uh, t’be or not t’be well spoken enough

Barack Obama does it. So does Sarah Palin. On the national stage before millions of TV viewers. I think it's time t'make it official. The word "to" has become an apostrophe'd "tuh." Americans should have t'spell it that way if we're going t'let our most prominent panderers put it forth in speeches for our schoolchildren t'emulate. Murcan, as some linguists call it, differentiates itself from British English by adapting common usage, taking the shtreet most traveled, basically. Americans consider it a shtrength t'be unshod mustangs, uh, mavericks. 4614

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