The Right to Speak English

There’s a line of Supreme Court cases going back to Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 U.S. 390 (1923), recognizing the right to speak one’s own language rather than a language compelled by the state. The right is grounded in the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

I speak English, and the dialect I use does not include any of the new-fangled pronouns being imagined these days. Now, its seems to me that someone who wants to use newly invented forms of speech has the right to use that language—and that I have a right to mine—and that neither of us has the right to impose our language on the other.

Quote of the Day

There are various ways to call a man a liar. One way is just to scream it at him, which doesn’t prove anything. Another is to establish facts by long and patient investigation. Still another way is not to call him a liar at all—let him do it himself.

—Rex Stout