Friday, April 27, 2007

Not your Father's definition of Multilingualism

Hillary Clinton is an interesting bird. She wants so badly to be president that she caters her every speech to her audiences, even to the point of putting on what sounds like a very fake southern accent.

Don't get me wrong - she is a smart woman. Some would even say shrewd. And because of this I expect her to have a very strong command of the English language. Discovering that she considered herself "multi-lingual" because she can switch accents just made her lose political capital with me. Doesn't she realize that President Bush really "is" (and we are not talking about what the definition of "is" is) multilingual since he speaks Spanish very well. I am multilingual as a German speaker. My husband is as well, being able to communicate in Greek as well as his native tongue, English.

Now the Associated Press calls her a "... linguistic polyglot—a Chicago native turned New York resident who works in Washington and spent two decades living in Arkansas when her husband, Bill Clinton, was governor." What an ignorant farce for Hillary as well as the ignorant reporters of the Associated Press.

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