Saturday, April 22, 2006

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Language Arts

As you may know, I believe the certain inevitable demise of our planet is tied in some inextricable way to the erosion of language within its native speakers. Laugh if you want, but it's true. I just haven't found the missing link yet.

Yesterday at work, one of our pilots was telling us about a situation he experienced one time as he was departing from an airport in Mexico. As he told it, he couldn't understand the instructions from the tower, because the person giving them spoke in broken English with a heavy accent. He described her instructions like this:

"It's English, but it ain't English, you know?"

Indeed.

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