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Sunday, October 20, 2002

In an attempt to stem the creeping progress of English in their country, Romanian legislators have passed a law mandating the use of Romanian language alongside commonly-used English phrases.

It's the usual xenophobic fear, along with concerns about losing some cultural identity. And certainly, it's not something you can just attribute to Romania's "backwardness", as there are similar laws on the books in France, Quebec (both against widespread English use) and, yes, various regions in the U.S. (versus Spanish). Of course, we all know that the official language of the United States is... nothing. There is no official, under law language in the U.S.