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English is Not America’s ‘Official Language’

Posted on Monday, April 26, 2021
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EnglishWASHINGTON, DC, Apr 24 — Ask your neighbor what the official language of the U.S. is and he or she will likely respond, English, of course.  But they’d be wrong.

Dr. Wayne Wright, a language professor at Purdue University, explains that the Founding Fathers didn’t see a need to mandate any one language be spoken in our newborn nation.

“English was pretty much the dominant language of the United States at the time so there really wasn’t a need to protect it. And they didn’t want to offend their fellow Americans who helped fight for independence.”  That’s not surprising since the original 13 colonies were populated by Dutch, French, and German colonists.

Meanwhile, another professor of linguistics, Dr. David Baron, points out that 97% of U.S. residents speak English despite the fact that it is not America’s official language.

Notwithstanding the generous intent of America’s early colonists when they decided they didn’t need to make English our Official Language, there’s reason to make it “official” now.  At the top of that list is the fact that the vast majority of citizens want it that way, as a new Rasmussen poll shows.

The Rasmussen survey found that the majority of today’s Americans would welcome the notion of making English our official language.  “Official English retains majority approval across demographic and political categories. Eighty-nine percent (89%) of Republicans think English should be the official language of the United States, as do 64% of Democrats and 70% of those not affiliated with either major party.”

The survey also found that 74% of White Americans, 73% of African-Americans, and 71% of other minorities are in favor of making English our official national language.

On a state-by-state level, however, as many as 31 states already have laws making English their official language.

Part of the reason English dominates the languages that residents of the U.S. speak is that when foreign-speaking immigrants come to the U.S. they are generally overwhelmed into learning English to some degree or another.  And, their children will readily pick up the language in school and when they watch TV or go to the movies.  Eventually, for many of them, their native language gets lost, and they adopt English as their language of choice.

Mauro E. Mujica, Chairman and CEO of U.S. ENGLISH, says that “In the United States, our common language— and the language of success— is English… while linguistic diversity should be praised, it is to the benefit of an individual to speak English.”

Not only is American English the dominant language in the U.S., but it’s also gotten the “okay” worldwide — literally.  The word “okay” is uniquely American.  It became part of our lexicon in 1839 when some young jokers distorted the phrase “all correct” turning it into “oll korrect,” which in turn was shortened to OK.  The use of OK to express agreement expanded throughout the U.S. and throughout the world in quick time.  It is now “the most frequently spoken word, in any language, on the planet.”  Oh, and by the way, the second most frequently spoken word is Coca-Cola.

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Michael G
Michael G
3 years ago

So, if English pervades our society so much so that foreigners willingly embrace it as a means to survive and flourish, why do we need a law making it “official”?

HocasPocas
HocasPocas
3 years ago

Well now, let’s give everyone the idea that we don’t have any specific language in this country. Maybe we should all go to work for coke and try acting a little less than what we actually are also

Larry
Larry
3 years ago

All the founding documents are in English. That’s why they didn’t see the need, because it’s obvious.

Todd R
Todd R
3 years ago

The problem we have today is not the lack of a cohesive language, but rather a lack of cohesive people. At the founding of our country, new citizens strived to assimilate themselves into American society, with some even going so far as to adopt more “American” names. Today, people do not assimilate themselves, and instead strive to bring the ‘old country’ into American society. Just look to Chinese New Year and Cinco de Mayo as examples.

JOHN
JOHN
3 years ago

I have to inherently disagree with these noted professors on my mere mortal observance. I will always regard the Official Language of The United States simply because OUR Declaration of Independence AND The US Constitution was established and WRITTEN in English. No annotations nor footnotes in reference. These are The Laws of our Land, written at a time when many of we The People could NOT even read nor write. It was read in English and explained in English to those that could not. Granted, there were educated bi-lingual People that read those words from English to our citizens that couldn’t read it. Communication was in English converted to ensure ALL Men could understand!

JoEllen Deasy
JoEllen Deasy
3 years ago

We need to make English our official language especially with all the garbage going on!!!!!

Phil A
Phil A
3 years ago

Why not make Pig Latin our official language??? That’s about as intelligent as ANYTHING Joe B. has done.

Dan W.
Dan W.
3 years ago

Not really seeing the point of this article. Very little margin between de facto and de jure in this case (and I heard somewhere that the original intent of our Founding Father’s was pretty reliable).

If an immigrant wants to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps, they have no choice but to learn English.

K. Martin
K. Martin
3 years ago

Please check out ProEnglish.org if you’re interested in getting English made the official language of the U.S.

PaulE
PaulE
3 years ago

While it makes perfect sense for English to be designated the official language of the United States, even when Republicans had control of both houses of Congress and the presidency (under both Bush and Trump), we couldn’t even get a unified vote of all the congressional GOP members in D.C. for such a bill. Much less getting the necessary buy-in from enough congressional Democrats to pass such legislation. So fat chance of getting even something simple like this done with the Democrats in full control. Besides we now have much larger problems to deal with right now, like trying to prevent our country from being dismantled internally.

Jocie Taylor
Jocie Taylor
3 years ago

If I’m in France it should be expected to speak French if I’m in Germany I should be expected to speak German if I’m in Mexico I’m expected to speak Spanish but when you’re in the United States of America you’re expected to speak English

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