Words: Jingoism Is Still Alive

“SPREAK INGRISH, TROOP!” The Firesign Theater


Banning language is just a more polite way of banning people. Banning German in Iowa didn’t affect the outcome of the war. Banning the pledge in Arabic won’t reduce the antisemitism at Pine Bush. And it won’t dishonor those Americans who died in Afghanistan, in part because the principal languages of Afghanistan are Pashto and Dari, not Arabic. More important, though, the pledge in any language is a pledge of allegiance to the American flag and to the country for which it stands, not to some other country. That is what the words say, even when they’re translated into Arabic, or Navajo, or Klingon.

The Web of Language | Illinois


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