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  • National Punctuation Day

    Sept. 24 (today!) is National Punctuation Day®. That's not to be confused with National Handwriting Day, which comes on Jan. 23. National Handwriting Day is sponsored by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) and is held annually near John Hancock's birthday, which is Jan. 12, because although no one remembers his birthday, John Hancock had the most famous American signature of all time.

  • Is English endangered?

    While supporters of official English insist on protecting the language spoken universally in the United States from all enemies foreign and domestic, a new report from California confirms what data from the 2000 Census already suggested, that immigrants to the U.S. are losing their language and becoming monolingual English speakers. And theyre doing it fast.

  • OMG, OMG, text messages actually improve spelling

    I promised in the last post to balance political stories about language with more conventional language issues. While many news stories focus on languages in conflict (Ukrainian v. Russian in the Ukraine; Flemish v. French in Belgium; English v. Spanish in Hilton Head, S.C. and (again) in Bogota, NJ, two other threads stand out in news stories over the past ten days:

  • Language politics in the news