Perl Vacancy

Sue Spence virtualsue at
Wed Aug 16 15:46:48 BST 2006

Jacqui Caren wrote:
> Uri Guttman wrote:
>> it will be challenging if only for the language barrier!
> Language? Oh! I keep forgetting that spanish is by far the most common
> lang in the USA - and likely to become its national language :-)

The USA has never had an official language and it would be interesting 
if at some stage Spanish became just that. The most serious (but 
unsuccessful) attempt to declare English the official language that I 
know of happened around 1980, and the movement was led by a fairly 
eminent English professor born in Canada of Japanese ancestry (he'd 
probably have smacked you if you called him a Japanese-American) named 
Samuel I. Hayakawa.  A real right wing patriotic flag-waver. Loved to 
get into slanging matches with radical hippy types when he was the 
president of SF State.

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