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About the National Anthem

An article pointing out that it has always been OK to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" in any language you want, and recent complaints about the Spanish version just don't make sense...

Thanks to A.Word.A.Day


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May. 31st, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
As you probably know, in Canada we have two official langauges. There was a little flack when that was first introduced, but the bottom line is that the only purpose of making the languages official is that it gaurantees that government services will be provided in both of those languages. However, in areas where there are strong ethnic populations the government will also tailor services for those languages where needed regardless of the fact they aren't official. (ie. pamphlets in Chinese in Chinese neighbourhoods)

We're still grappling with the prospect of a day when Chinese overtakes French for the second spot - do we make it a third official language or what?

The problem we have in Canada with the anthem - beyond my beef that they keep tweaking it and changing the words - is that we have at least three versions!! There's the "traditional" English version; a French version which is actually not a direct translation but in fact has different words, and the more annoying bilingual version which has a few French lines thrown in. When I'm at the ball park I can't sing along well (besides the key being wrong for most people) because I never know which words they will use.

Jun. 1st, 2006 05:40 am (UTC)
Sounds like they need to put the lyrics up on the Jumbotron -- give you a split-second preview of which version they are going with...
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