Note to Linguistic Fascists By Karen On 5 May 2008 In Assholes, Humor, Texas If you’re going to demand that people speak English, you should make it a priority to learn how to spell English. via: Immigration Chronicles: Perhaps spell check is in order … Related Posts Mao, Stalin and Hitler, Oh My! Saudi to behead woman for witchcraft Pro forced Maternity Zealots caught being truthful yet again Happy National Atheist Day Comments 1846 days ago gus Hi. I found you while Stumbleing Upon. I have subscribed to your RSS on My Yahoo, so you will be hearing from me. For the record I am an over 50 radical who loves to get angry. 1846 days ago Ben Abbott That’s a great pic. If the “offical” wasn’t underlined, I might have missed it 1846 days ago Alonzo Fyfe Well, it appears that I must be a linguistic fascist, then. I have argued in favor of investing in the promotion of a national language on the same grounds on the grounds of developing a common infrastructure. We set standards in a number of areas as a way of making things run more smoothly and at reduced costs. We have standards regarding everything from the threads in a screw to the labeling of products. A national language would simply help the economy run more efficiently as it eliminates the costs of translation, missed communication, or non-communication simply because the audience does not speak the language. In defending the national language as an infrastructure improvement I have argued that the government should invest in this standard, and not simply demand that citizens learn a common language. The benefits of a common language will accrue across the whole economy, so it is only fair that people throughout the economy pay for the development of this infrastructure. I have a more complete development of this argument in A National Language. 1838 days ago Honjii If people are going to demand that English be the official language, shouldn’t the first priority be teaching it to our president?