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The French Got It Right on Woke Language; Why the Foundation Matters
Red State ^ | 05/14/2021 | Jennifer Oliver O'Connell

Posted on 05/14/2021 2:50:06 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

I have loved words since I learned to talk and read. I was reading before I entered kindergarten. According to my cousin Ricky (may he rest in peace), at 6, I was talking to him in full sentences and using words that were above my age grade. I have heard that people who are real mathematicians see colors and pictures when they do their thing with numbers. It’s that way for me with words—they dance, tell me where they need to go, and are very much like children with distinct personalities: the challenge is to get them to work in concert with each other, like a beautiful symphony.

So imagine my pain over the way the Left is massacring the English language to suit their agenda and Woke philosophies. It takes that beautiful symphony and turns it into Björk. And the reaction to my ears hearing it is the same when I hear her… singscream.

But, Viva La France! The French care about their history and their language more than they care about being “woke.”

Words in French already have Feminine and Masculine ..

💥Gender Neutral words . .
Would basically obliterate most of the French Language..
This is same for most Romance languages.

— Lawyerforlaws (@lawyer4laws) May 14, 2021

American English is based heavily on Spanish, French, a hodgepodge of many other languages, which is what makes us so unique, and frankly, kind of cool. Granted, if I wasn’t a native speaker, I’d probably be pulling my hair out, because when your language is based on usage and shades of meaning, rather than concrete meaning (like Romance and most Indo-European languages), then it’s a challenge—at least that’s what my second language speaking friends tell me. I remember I, and an Asian co-worker who was a second language speaker, were talking with our boss. The Boss used the idiom, “I don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth,” to which we both laughed. The Boss said a few other things and then walked away. My co-worker immediately pulled me aside and asked what did she mean by it.

That is American English in a nutshell.

Language is our foundation, and respect and care for the foundation are how you keep building a shared heritage, and frankly, a strong nation. But of course, the Left knows this, which is why they do their best to take a sledgehammer to it.

France has banned the use of gender-neutral language in schools, citing “harm” to the learning of the French language.

In a decree sent to schools across France, the country’s education ministry aimed to end the use of midpoints that designate both masculine and feminine endings to words. As the Telegraph reported, in the French language, nouns reflect the gender of the object they are referring to and the masculine ending is usually dominant.

For example, a group of friends including five women and one man would be written as “amis” but a midpoint would change the spelling of the word to “ami.e.s.”

The education ministry’s decree seeks to end the use of the midpoint in words, stating that it create confusion in learning the language.

When you do not have a common language, you cannot communicate with your fellow countryman or woman. Instead of our American educational system heeding this, the evil Marxists who have infected it to the core are giving us:

Hospitals changing birth mother to “birthing persons” and not using “birth milk” and “father.”

A British train company apologizing for its employees for using “Ladies and Gentleman.”

Merriam Webster changing definitions in the dictionary to fit the Leftist agenda.

And the most ridiculous—if you can’t understand someone’s accent, then you’re a language racist!

How about just being hard of hearing? Most of your finer levels of hearing disappear after 35. So I’m probably the biggest language racist there is.

It’s the theater of the absurd, except it’s not funny. We have a generation who cannot read cursive, who cannot read a book before 1990 because they do not understand the language and the themes are too racist, sexist, not politically correct, etc.

My friend Kirk, who was in his 50s at that time, worked as a cameraman in the entertainment industry. He used to ask my niece Gabi, who was 16, about the latest slang words so he could understand what the production assistants and other “kids” were talking about.

Now, it’s not just slang. I can barely talk to anyone 20 years younger than me without the help of a translator.

Get off my damn lawn, and leave the words I love, alone.

TOPICS: Books/Literature; Education; History; Society
KEYWORDS: foundation; france; language; wokelanguage

1 posted on 05/14/2021 2:50:06 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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France's 'Islamo-leftism' row: Frédérique Vidal call to probe the impact of "Islamo-leftism" on intellectual circles
France 24 ^ | 23 February 2021 | Francois Picard / FR Posted on 2/25/2021, 4:24:06 AM by Cronos

Smack in the middle of a pandemic comes a culture war, with the first shot fired by Emmanuel Macron's own government. Some 600 French academics have signed an open letter calling for the resignation of the junior minister for higher education. Why did Frédérique Vidal call for the national scientific research centre to probe the impact of "Islamo-leftism" on intellectual circles? What even is "Islamo-leftism"?

We ask about the timing: after a fresh wave of terror attacks, during a pandemic and ahead of next year's presidential elections. After the recent row over the right to blaspheme and the republication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, the French are again debating free speech, groupthink and critical thinking.

The actual term "Islamo-leftism" was first employed by a left-wing British activist and this new controversy lays bare a long-simmering divide inside the French left over whether it is about classe or race, class struggle or race relations. When the French president himself accuses ideas imported from US campuses of undermining secular France's social fabric, both sides accuse the other of excusing the morally inexcusable. "I think that Islamo-leftism is eating away at our society as a whole, and universities are not immune and are part of our society," Minister for Higher Education Frederique Vidal told CNews television on Sunday. (Excerpt) Read more at ...


"..... Islamo-leftism is eating away at our society as a whole, and universities are not immune," Minister Frederique Vidal told CNews-TV.....

Vidal illustrates the intellectual brilliance of using critical thinking, exposing the deep hatred of the Islamic infestation.
Backward Islamics w/ a tribal mindset do not have a culture....ergo, in their diseased minds, nobody on the planet can have a culture.

France is focusing on “Islamo-leftism" that they rightfully believe say is Corrupting the French Culture.

Mr. Macron’s leading ministers accuse left-leaning intellectuals of justifying Islamism and even terrorism.

Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, told Parliament that the state-run National Center for Scientific Research
would oversee an investigation into the “totality of research underway in our country.....and would focus on “Islamo-leftism.’’

VIDAL: “Islamo-leftism corrupts all of society. Universities are not impervious’’ Ms. Vidal said.
Referring to scholars of race and gender, Ms. Vidal accused them of “looking at everything through
the prism of (A) their will to divide, (B) to fracture, (C) always pinpointing the 'enemy.' ’’

2 posted on 05/14/2021 2:55:48 PM PDT by Liz (Our side has 8 trillion bullets; the other side doesn't know which bathroom to use. )
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To: SeekAndFind

Damn if you ain't speakin' my language !

There's at least a dozen times a day a talking head (even on the most Coinservative "channels") will begin a sentence with the (conjunctive) word


3 posted on 05/14/2021 3:04:27 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true, I have no proof, but they're true !)
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I remember when I first noticed that growing misuse of “so” about 10 or 15 years ago. That annoying practice spread like measles before a vaccine was available.

4 posted on 05/14/2021 4:13:47 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: SeekAndFind

In addition to the politically-motivated changes, some words seem to mysteriously change meaning over time. I just discovered a few months ago that, sometime between the 1960’s and today, the meaning of calling somebody “salty” has completely changed. I’ve no idea why.

5 posted on 05/14/2021 4:14:44 PM PDT by LimitedPowers (Citizenship is not a Hate Crime!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Every generation think their slang is so cool but they don't realize how they are isolating themselves from old but still valuable information.
Of course leftists encourage it, they want to erase history so they can push their failed socialist ideals again.
The French are right to resist it.
As I am slowly losing my hearing, I appreciate it so much when people speak clearly and in an unambiguous manner and not with terms I never heard before, or words that changed their meaning.

6 posted on 05/14/2021 4:38:50 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (I'd rather have Unequal Wealth than Equal Poverty.)
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"As I am slowly losing my hearing, I appreciate it so much when people speak clearly and in an unambiguous manner and not with terms I never heard before, or words that changed their meaning."

An important element in my Christian life as I sit and listen to independent, fundamental Baptist preachers preaching and illustrating.

Not necessarily eloquent wordsmiths, but clear and concise phraseology ... because of all people ... a Baptist preacher does not want to be misunderstood, nor guilty of misleading.

7 posted on 05/14/2021 6:04:29 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true, I have no proof, but they're true !)
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