Language Initiative
5:21 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Three Oregon Lawmakers File Initiative To Make English Official State Language

M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 3:04 pm

Three Republican state lawmakers filed an initiative petition this week to make English the official language of the state of Oregon.

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NWPR Books
2:36 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

From Lunch (n.) To Balding (adj.), Some Words Are Just 'Bad English'

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 8:02 pm

Ammon Shea, author of Reading the OED, has just come out with a new book about words — words like "dilapidated," "balding" and "lunch." Shea says those words were once frowned upon, as were more than 200 other words he has compiled.

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NWPR Books
5:13 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Book News: Syd Field, Author Of Hollywood Classic 'Screenplay,' Dies

Syd Field died Sunday in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 77.
Courtesy of sydfield.com

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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NWPR Books
8:24 am
Sat November 9, 2013

English Manners Are Downright Medieval ('Sorry!' Was That Rude?)


From that very first time we're first scolded for putting our elbows on the table at great-aunt Millie's house, we're inducted into the world of manners. After that, it's a lifetime of "pleases" and "thank yous," and chewing with our mouths closed.

But where did all of this civility come from? We can't give all the credit (or blame) to the English, but the average Brit says "sorry" eight times per day, so it's a pretty good place to start.

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Oregon Education
4:22 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

English Language Learners In Oregon Falling Short

Southridge High School in Beaverton.
Credit AboutMovies / Wikimedia Commons

Oregon's programs for students learning to speak English are falling short on all four federal benchmarks. At least 60 percent of Oregon's English language learners are supposed to advance one level per year. Only 45 percent advanced last year.

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Border Patrol Translators
6:32 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Forest Service Ordered To Stop Using Border Patrol As Interpreters

The U.S. Forest Service can no longer use Border Patrol agents as interpreters. That’s according to an order from the federal agriculture department that was made public this week.

The issue stems from a case on the Olympic Peninsula near Forks last year. A Latino man and woman were picking salal … that’s shrub used in floral arrangements.

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