Daily Archives: March 12, 2009

podcast #45: Hillary’s Russian lesson, and don’t mess with Canadian spelling!

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been circling the globe, hitting the reset button on America’s foreign relations. But then someone at the State Department tried – and failed – to translate “reset” into Russian. Russians know all a synonym of reset,  thanks to the Matrix franchise.  Now the Kremlin is urging more Americans to learn Russian. Also,  middle class Pakistanis prefer English to Urdu. Plus, a new e-book on the historical roots and enduring appeal of spelling the Canadian English way. Now, just what is it about spelling that gets people so agitated? It’s only a matter of time till someone goes to war over this.

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