Tuesday 17 August 2010

Languages in America

There is a myth that German nearly became the official language of the United States of America. This is not true, but the USA still has no official language and an awful lot of immigrants. Until about 1920 the majority of Americans had not been born in the country. Anyway, the map below interested me. That's probably because I like language and like maps. I am a foolish cartographer.

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Last year I went on holiday to New Mexico, to do which I had to complete the near impossible task of spelling Albuquerque. I had been given to understand (strange phrase) that the predominant language would be Spanish, but never actually heard anybody speaking it.

N.B. A tip of the blogger's bowler to Walk in the Words.

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