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hapke@illinois.edu Sep 4, 2014 8:34 am

This was a very big thing in my home town of Cincinnati. A number of the larger roads lost their German names and became Victory Parkway, Columbia Parkway, etc., although the smaller ones stayed German, as in Pfeiffer Rd,. etc.

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casparvan@outlook.com Sep 4, 2014 1:15 pm

Hello,

wasn't there a time that not German but Dutch(Netherlands lingua) had a chance of becoming primary language? This might be earlier or it might be the common fault of mixing up Dutch(Netherlands) with Deutsch(German) ??

groeten,

curious Dutchie

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debaron@illinois.edu Sep 5, 2014 12:47 am

Dear curious Dutchie: It's a myth that German (not Dutch) lost to English by one vote in 1776, or 1795, or any other year. It didn't happen; there was no vote. The US has no official language. Neither does the UK, for that matter. 

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michaelt4two@gmail.com Sep 5, 2014 6:15 am

In view of the WWI promise not to use 'yeah' and (sic!) 'nope' it is ironic that these appear, from a UK perspective, to be two of the commonest words in contemporary casual American speech. 'Yeah' is of course widespread in UK English, while its use of 'nope' tends to be deliberately imitative.

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cpfeic@netscape.net Sep 15, 2014 5:29 pm

Delighted to find someone else who's interested in this little-known topic!  My  own research actually turned up someone who was arrested because of a parrot speaking German!  And, I'm sorry to add, many German book-burnings, including at schools.

Also glad to hear there's (still) a Pfeiffer Road in Cinci!

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