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Dear Editor,

Thank goodness. We have just been informed that English is the "National Language" of our country. One wonders if we had stopped to get the OK from Mexico's president Fox as it seems we must also confirm with him what we do with the borders within our own country. Please President Fox, allow us to speak English in our country. Admittedly, it is not as musical as your own but it has served us well and we would like to keep it . . .as long as we can. Besides, it is no less cacophonous as our original N.Y. Dutch.

It seems as if that radical decision fell short of Samoa in the South Pacific and Guam and the Mariana Islands among others that have English as their "Official Language." Wow! "Official," not just "National." Are they more American than we or just not bogged down by political considerations?

English or American, both very difficult to master due to the "Exceptions to the Rules," has pretty much become the universal language throughout the world, much to the chagrin of the French, another beautiful language. Swearing in French is like a cabaret love song by Piaf. After reducing one to a foul smell, one can only say, "Thank you." In English it would invite a punch in the nose.

I can finally discard my Esperanto, Interlingua and the other universal diction-attempts to create a common communication between people throughout the world. It is now English. It is getting so popular it might even become our own "Official Language."

What the heck.

ALAN JOHNSON
June 06, 2006

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