Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Whatever happened to the English language?

A lot of debate has been generated over the last few years about English as the official language of the USA. The concern is that if [we] don't force immigrants to learn and speak English, then it may eventually get eclipsed as accepted language of communication in our nation.

According to Wilson Watson, a recently retired college professor, it may be too late. During his 35 years of teaching, he began to collect sentences used by his native speaking students. His archive includes some humorous misstatements and malapropisms, such as:
  • Some people use bad language and is not even aware of the fact.
  • Romeo and Juliet exchanged their vowels.
  • A very good thing for your health is the Arabic exercise.
  • My brother and I took a fairy across to Martha's Vineyard.
Perhaps there needs to be a movement to multiplay English as First Language (EFL) classes. You can read the whole list in the Baltimore Examiner.

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