Joan of Arc Spins In Grave as France Debates Use of English in College Courses
show comments
  • Corlyss

    In the early 90s Bill Bryson penned a fantastic book, English: The Mother Tongue and How It Got That Way. In it he cited uncounted examples of English becoming the world’s second language. At the time he wrote, there were more Chinese students of ESL than there were native English speakers. One of those examples was that of the Journal of the Pasteur Institute, which since forever had published a French edition and an English edition. The Institute had decided reluctantly to terminate publication of the French edition because nobody read it. The fact is, English is the language of technology, entertainment (music, movies, and tv), business, trade, science, air travel, and communications – all the endeavors that have shrunk the globe, fostered globalism, and promoted people-to-people contact across geographical, political, economic, and educational barriers. The French and other language guardians who have established language police and tried to force people to avoid Englishisms or pay a fine were fighting a losing battle the moment they decided to create such police. It’s time to acknowledge reality and go with the flow.

  • Jim Luebke

    Latin was dominant because it was the language of the last great empire, for the better part of a millenia.

    English is the language of the last great empire, as well as the language of the current great empire.

    It may well become the language of humanity.

  • JC

    I have a feeling Asterix would approve.. after all he went to the aid of Anticlimax, his British second cousin.


  • charlesrwilliams

    If you go to Quebec you will see the consequences of propping up a culture with legislation. Quebec is a cultural and economic backwater.

© The American Interest LLC 2005-2017 About Us Masthead Submissions Advertise Customer Service
We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.