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CNN: “Speaking English” limits immigration to people from Great Britain & Australia … say, what?

August 3, 2017

Let’s connect a couple of dots today …

In case you missed it, abrasive Trump policy wonk Stephen Miller got into a heated exchange with CNN’s Jim Acosta.

Miller was briefing the press on President Trump’s RAISE Act, which would move critical skills immigrants to the head of the line and require that immigrants learn English before they come to the United States.

Acosta challenged the English language requirement and asked:

“Are we just going to bring in people from Great Britain and Australia?”

Miller’s response:

“I have to honestly say, I am shocked at your statement that you think that only people from Great Britain and Australia would know English”.


The 2nd dot:

I’m into infographics these days and, earlier this week, a friend sent me a great one.

Initially, I was just intrigued by the infograhic’s structure and style.

Suddenly, its content has taken on a higher relevance.

Below is a the featured component of the infographic — a cool pie chart that proportionately depicts the “world’s most spoken languages”.

English is the modestly sized yellow section in the top left corner.

Point to CNN’s Acosta, right?



Not so fast, mes amis.

Let’s look at a couple of other parts of the full  infographic ….


Do you call it “soda” or “pop”?

June 19, 2013

Stumbled on an interesting infographic compiled by the Statistics Dept. at  NC State.

Included are 122 regionally-variant phrases or pronunciations.

My favorite: What’s your generic term for a sweetened, carbonated beverage?

Before glancing at the chart, what’s your answer?



Click here or the other 121 expressions and pronunciations.

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