Friday, April 21, 2006

 

Mission Statement

As a former Army linguist (Polish) and a double-foreign language major (Russian and German) in college, I learned more about the English language than any class in elementary or high school ever taught me. Studying another language helps you learn to break down your own. A language that is associated with a culture can give you clues about its history an societal norms. For example, a German phrase for "It's none of my business" translates as "That is not my beer". In Polish, the same phrase translates to "That is not my vodka". In French, you could say "I surrender my wine"...wait...I never studied French.

I hereby assume the mission to ensure that people use words correctly. Say what you mean, and mean what you say. People choose their words for particular reasons. I will analyze their statements to see if they are consistent, truthful, equivocating, out-right misleading, or worse - made with blatant disregard to their meaning. We are entering an important phase in world history, and I will do my best to make sure both sides are understood.

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