The Puritans toyed with the idea of adopting Hebrew, over two centuries before Ben Yehuda.
However, it is still possible that he considered the Hebrew word Messiah more theological and authentic.
Utter rubbish. Every language with a decent vocabulary can express theological concepts adequately. English, mongrel language that it is, has, perhaps, the richest vocabularies of all modern languages.
Okay I'm going to go into a bit of history here. Congress at one time wanted to make Greek the official language but Webster had incorporated so many Greek words into the English language that it wasn't needed. It lost out by three votes. ..or so I heard. I also heard German lost by one vote. Tough luck guys!
This is absolutely false. There is very little evidence that the Continental Congress ever seriously considered an alternative to English as an official language (other proposed alternatives included French). On the second point, the bill regarding German - that did in fact lose by one vote - was a bill that would have published all acts of Congress in German as well as English, not a bill making German the official language.
Think about it, is there really any reason that anything other than English would ever have been given serious thought for an official language, when it has always been - by far - the most known language in the United States?
That's true, but I didn't think Zenovia was referring to that.
Okay let me explain why I said it's amazing that we entered WWI when one considers that the Germans spoke German and even married Germans from Germany. If the population in the U.S. is English first, then German, Scotch, French and Irish, and if the Germans had such an affinity for Germany that they retained their language and even conducted their business in German, and the Irish in the U.S. were so adamantly against the American WASPS, (white Anglo/Saxon Protestants), then isn't it strange that we were able to enter the war against Germany?
Of course I know the sinking of the Lusitania by the Germans was a great propaganda tool for the British, but the U.S. government was supporting Britain even before that or the ship wouldn't have been sunk.
Can you support your claim that Germans only spoke German and only married Germans?
The only really surprising thing about our involvement in WWI was that Wilson managed to overcome the non-interventionists and get the country excited about war, when he won re-election in 1916 on a campaign of "I kept us out of war."
I'm kind of old, so I've come across quite a few things. Lawrence Welk, who had a show on TV in the 1960's and 70's had a strong German accent and yet he was born and raised in N. Dakota. He once said that everyone spoke German even in his school. I even had a childhood friend whose father's family was in this country for generations, and her mother was born and raised in Germany. Her uncle even served in the German army so their land wouldn't be confiscated by Hitler.
My sister had German in laws. Her father in law's family was here for generations, and her mother in law's grandmother was born in Germany. They gave up the Germany language and changed their name to a more English sounding one as did all the Germans after the sinking of the Lusitania. I know that the stores of Germantown in NYC were smashed and people were being stoned as well. I'll never forget this elementary anti German school book I had once seen. It went something like this: This is a Hun. What is a Hun....
I believe it was after WWII that the Germans came out of their enclaves and began to intermarry.
My father's family came over to America shortly before the start of WWI, yet before WWII the German part of the family was intermarried. Further, does my last name - Rottnek - really sound English? Everyone I've ever met, who has commented on the matter, assumed German. You assume WAY too much from a few select cases.
I would have assumed Dutch, but oh well! Plattdeutsch, perhaps?
Depending on where you live, and how well you know the history of the area, the existence of ethnic communities in history can almost be taken for granted. It's not just the Germans. Italians, Jews, Poles, Irish, Czechs...all had ethnic communities where their languages, customs, and religions were maintained. Many of these groups married amongst themselves and really didn't start assimilating into "mainstream America" until after WWII. There is still a "Little Italy" part of Omaha and many old Italian families. Almost all of these families have intermarried into the rest of the general population, but there certainly was a time where it was primarily an Italian neighborhood. There are other examples, just in my own town, but the Italian one is the one I am the most familiar with.