FREAK Shots: Outs de Temp
Minnesota Representatives Michele Bachmann and John Kline are pushing to make English the official language of the United States (and reduce multilingualism).
But would this put the U.S. behind other countries in global awareness and education?
One of our readers, Andy Little, noticed his own language ignorance by his initial interpretation of this sign:
When I saw this sign in the building I work at in Chicago, I couldn’t understand why the sign for the outside temperature was in French (Outs de Temp) and worse, why the display wasn’t in Centigrade.
Of course, the lower-case “i” has fallen off the sign.
Per Babel Fish, the sign in real French would read “La température extérieure.”