Maryland Counties Consider Making English Official Language

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Last month, Frederick County declared English its official language — by the way, I can’t tell you how relieved I am that they ended up settling on English; there were some very persuasive last-minute arguments for Esperanto — and Republicans in Anne Arundel and Queen Anne’s have proposed ending the suspense and declaring English the language of the land in those counties too.

In Anne Arundel County, Councilman Jerry Walker recently withdrew his English-only legislation after a fellow member of the currently all white council publicly used a racial slur. As Walker recently told The Sun, he doesn’t want the bill to be seen as racially motivated. Rather, “[i]t’s about sending a message to folks that we’re not a sanctuary city or county [for illegal immigrants.]” See? It’s not discriminatory; it’s just based on the assumption that everyone who doesn’t speak English must be here illegally.

Commissioner Dave Olds introduced similar legislation in Queen Anne’s County, because, as he explained, “‘Duh.’ Why would you not do it?” For those of you whose English is not yet as polished as Commissioner Olds’s, “duh” is an interjection used to express annoyance at banality, obviousness, or stupidity. Duh, indeed.



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