Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fascism - Canadian Style

It looks like the language fascists in Québec -- the same folks that insisted that stop signs bear the word "arrĂȘt" instead of "stop", when "stop" is a perfectly good French word with a long history; they use it on French stop signs, for example -- can't bear the fact that "Old Navy" is called that and not "Vieille Marine".

Maybe they should change the name of their government to "Vichy". Now that's a language change that would represent truth in advertising.

Then there's Canada's denial of entry to Terry Jones. Sure, Jones is a first-class creep who has nothing to contribute, but they let creeps into the country every day. They let David Irving in, after all.

By refusing entry to Terry Jones, Canada sends the message that there are some ideas that are just too scary for Canadians to hear. That's a bad message, and a bad precedent.

3 comments:

Bayesian Bouffant, FCD said...

ST. Louis, mid-1980s: 'Bus Start' signs go up, until the laughter starts

Takis Konstantopoulos said...

I can't believe it! Stop replaced by ArrĂȘt? But you're right. Several people are commenting on this.

Well, in Sweden, similar phenomena, related to traffic signs occur.

Either people have solved all their problems, or are, simply, ignoring the real ones.

Pseudonym said...

If Wales can handle bilingualism without going crazy, why can't Quebec?