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Thursday, October 1, 2009

English only?




What is English? Throw out the Latin? How about the German? Or the French? or the Greek? Or the Spanish? or the Dutch? or the African?

You can find words of all those origins in your ordinary speech.

The narrow-minded fanatics who think English is the official language haven't grown up in New Mexico, one of the original 48 states. The Constitution is in both Spanish and English.

Get over it...our language is a bastard language always changing. That's what keeps it alive...a vampire, it needs new blood to survive.

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