Men behaving inappropriately


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What does ‘inappropriate’ mean? Is there a difference between inappropriate and wrong?

There are many things we will need to change if we are to make endemic sexual harassment a thing of the past. But we could start by changing our language: in particular, we could stop calling harassment ‘inappropriate behaviour’. It isn’t ‘inappropriate’, it is wrong, unjust, abusive and harmful. In its most serious forms it’s also criminal. I said earlier that no one ever describes murder as ‘inappropriate behaviour’; actually that’s just as true of less serious and non-violent crimes like burglary or embezzlement. The fact that we do habitually describe even the most egregious cases of sexual harassment in this bland, euphemistic, minimizing language is a sign of how little regard we have for those who suffer it, and how much we are (still) willing to concede to the perpetrators.

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Language: A Feminist Guide

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How German companies adopted English as their lingua franca


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Seems like no one has a choice these days to not learn English.

Even German car icon VW last year announced that it would make English the corporate language for its 120 sites worldwide. No other German company employs more people abroad — 340,000 of the 626,000 total last year.

This was a controversial decision. The German Language Foundation, which has set itself the task of protecting the language, was so furious at VW that it sold its company shares in protest. “The words Volkswagen and German unfortunately no longer go together,” fumed the foundation’s chairman Walter Krämer. “I am appalled at how recklessly our elites are giving up their own language and culture.”

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Caludia Obmann — Handelsblatt Global

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How Portuguese Influences Us?


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Portuguese is a Romance branch language spoken originally in westernmost edge of Iberia peninsula. It looks like sister language with Galician/Galego, great similarities to Spanish (as many similar spellings but different pronunciations) and distant similarities to other Romance languages. The Portuguese language is spoken as mother tongue by 215 million people and totally 250 million speakers (along with L1 and L2 speakers). Most of Portuguese speakers are in Brazil (202,656,788 people) while others scattered mostly in Africa, Portugal, some in East Timor, Macau and other ex Portuguese dependencies.

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