By perpetuating the use of a single cultural marker to create an hierarchy of Africanness, aren't we simply deploying the same tools colonizers used to divide and conquer? Aren't we essentially continuing the work the British Empire started?
Welcome to a whole new world where we can restore a child's hearing and give them the gift of language. What's next? In the not too distant future, we might repair a child's hearing at birth or give a blind child vision even before she leaves the hospital.
Just as blacksmiths helped move us into the industrial age, our modern-day wordsmiths - translators and interpreters - will help us move from the current age, in which information is merely available, to an age in which information also becomes highly relevant and useful.
I continue to enjoy the nuances of navigating the language barrier, laughing with older Georgians as we share our languages' slang terms, as we engage in foolish but effective pantomimes, and as we correct one another on small specifics in each of our languages.
A brief survey of my 50-something friends (at least the ones in the northeast region of the country) all agreed. They hated to be called 'Ma'am.' They thought it was synonymous with 'old,' or 'married.' Many were offended.
The sounds which once were words communicate tonality solely as reflection of their once-inhabited relevance; i.e. "awesome" becomes an utterance of "okay." Words are stripped of specific meaning, now used as quick punctuation setting generic mood and tone.
To say a politician has flip-flopped ties the politician to his changing position. Flip-flopping is an intentional action, an opportunistic one. Evolving evokes a metaphor external to the agency of a politician.
If we weren't having "hangibers" for dinner, our youngest might request "bazanya" (lasagna) or that old family favorite, "pisketti." At snack time we might have "bow wow pips" (bagel chips) or "Wheat Fings" (Wheat Thins), as our middle child used to say.
Jussi Hovenen sings songs that few people care to hear nowadays. He's the last rune singer in Finland -- the only living man who can still sing most of his ancestors' great ballads and epics from memory.
Language matters. So why is the sustainability community still stuck on the images of reduction such as "zero," "low carbon," "energy efficiency" or "350"? Isn't it time we started using more emotional vernacular like "sexy," "unique" and "comfy"?
It seems Alexander Pope's bitch, Bounce, whelped a number of pups, one of which he gave to the Prince of Wales in 1736 to guard his house in Kew. The poet engraved this epigram on the collar: "I am his Highness' Dog at Kew. Pray tell me Sir, whose Dog are you?"
Since computers have evolved from room-sized mainframes into menageries of smart phones and tablets and office desktop machines, interoperability has become a watchword for forward-thinking communications experts.
The latest round in the misrepresentation of FOXP2, the language gene, is the gone-viral variation of "there's more of this 'language protein' in the left hemisphere of four-year-old girls and that's why women are three times as talkative as men."