[links] Link salad stumbles into Tuesday

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Me guest blogging at Tor.com on “Telling Stories with Character”

A good book ain’t all you need. — Lilith Saintcrow on writers and agents.

Layers Upon Layers Of Fail — “English only”: coming to an idiot near you. Hmm, wonder how many progressives are in favor of “English only” policies?

?otD: Should we speak pure Anglo-Saxon?


6/24/2009
Body movement: 50 minute workout at gym
This morning’s weigh-in: 219.4
Currently reading: Cordelia’s Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold (reread of omnibus edition)

2 thoughts on “[links] Link salad stumbles into Tuesday

  1. Jaws says:

    <sarcasm> “English only” isn’t enough. We must be more like the French and start removing foreign words from English. If it doesn’t have an Anglo-Saxon origin, it must be excised from the language. No more coffee, algebra, or burritos.

    And while we’re at it, let’s get rid of all these variant dialects. It’s “soda,” not “pop”; “Washington” does not have an r sound near the end of the first syllable; and the “n” word is right out, both because it’s from French and because nobody can agree how to pronounce it.

    This message brought to you by by Borax (getting your sheets whiter than white since 1872). </sarcasm>

  2. Cora says:

    It’s not just the French. There’s also a bunch of Germans waging a war on English words “contaminating” the German language. Most of these people are monolingual idiots, but you’ve also got teachers supporting the movement. A comedian used to make fun of these people by speaking what he termed “Siegfriedisch”, a version of German consisting only of words of Germanic origin.

    Besides, I really don’t understand why anyone would object to Ms. Sotomayor trying to improve her English. Wouldn’t improving her English be a good thing in the eyes of those “English only” activists? Of course, from what I’ve seen all arguments against Ms. Sotomayor boil down to she’s Hispanic and female.

    I like your Tor.com article BTW. I’ve got some experiences in dealing with characters with a mind of their own myself.

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