Is English a fascist language?

By: | Post date: 2017-02-17 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: English, Linguistics

Arguendo, let’s accept your premisses:

Everybody expects non native speakers to know English and speak it fluently and hate them for not doing so. Also this language is invading all other ones.

That wouldn’t make English fascist, and using a loaded term like that inaccurately means people won’t take your argument seriously. (And that’s not a “native speaker” bias: the same objection would apply in any language that has borrowed the term to refer to a particular political ideology exemplified by Mussolini.)

To use my favourite term at the moment, as defined by one of the victims of Mussolini’s fascism:

That would make English hegemonic.

And there’s no malice to hegemony. It’s the stuff of the Melian Dialogue: “the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must”.

Leave a Reply

  • Subscribe to Blog via Email

    Join 319 other subscribers

  • October 2020
    M T W T F S S
    « Mar    
     1234
    567891011
    12131415161718
    19202122232425
    262728293031  
%d bloggers like this: