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Cornell English department votes
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Posted By: Ribicon, 10/15/2020 1:53:11 PM

The English department at Cornell University has voted to change its name in an effort to distinguish English the language from English the nationality. The department at the Ivy League university in New York voted to change its name to “the department of literatures in English” during its first faculty meeting of the fall semester earlier this month, the student-led Cornell Daily Sun reported Wednesday. The change would help to eliminate the “conflation of English as a language and English as a nationality,” English professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies Kate McCullough told the newspaper.


Solving the world's problems one word at a time. How do these people manage to get out of bed each morning?

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Reply 1 - Posted by: sternben 10/15/2020 1:57:20 PM (No. 573451)
That school has been taken over by idiots.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: seamusm 10/15/2020 1:59:53 PM (No. 573453)
I nominate Ebonics.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: JayD 10/15/2020 2:08:30 PM (No. 573463)
I suggest that anyone so stupid as to not understand a school's English Department is referring to the language and not a nationality has no business being in college.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: DARling 10/15/2020 2:20:36 PM (No. 573476)
I thought they had already gotten rid of all of the dead white guys' stuff. Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou seem to reign supreme these days. I'm pretty sure you can't refer to their material as having been written by dead black gals.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Maggie2u 10/15/2020 2:32:38 PM (No. 573482)
The jokes on them. The Brits refer to their country as Great Britain.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: hershey 10/15/2020 2:35:59 PM (No. 573488)
Ohhhh, we absolutely don't want our pin head student body to be 'conflated'....
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Reply 7 - Posted by: smokincol 10/15/2020 2:47:54 PM (No. 573496)
that's the crux of our problems today. the universities are completely useless in engendering useful values in our young population. young minds are easiest to mold because these young people, for the most part, have no life experience(s) to set a value system for themselves. mandatory military service should be the norm, not the exception. my best life lessons were learned while I was in the US Army.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: NorthernDog 10/15/2020 2:48:02 PM (No. 573497)
It frosts them that one of the world's most dominate languages springs from a land of Caucasian Anglo-Saxon inhabitants. Before long some remote tribe that grunts and points will be crowned as 'the most splendid' language, and students will be required to learn it.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: checkmatekingtwo 10/15/2020 3:07:23 PM (No. 573513)
This is a solution in search of a problem.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: F15 Gork 10/15/2020 3:16:41 PM (No. 573526)
Department of Stupid would work also....
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Reply 11 - Posted by: EQKimball 10/15/2020 3:16:46 PM (No. 573527)
It is a shocking admission of the faculty's estimation of the of true capability and intelligence the student body. Maybe they ought to change the university name to Cornell Continuation Learning Center. High school graduates will not be accepted.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: gobushcheneygo 10/15/2020 3:42:22 PM (No. 573557)
Andy Bernard, do you still work in the admissions office at Cornell? Still bleed "Big Blue"? Dwight said the students need remedial classes if they don't know the difference between a language and a nationality. Jim, Pam, and I agree.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: bad-hair 10/15/2020 3:43:03 PM (No. 573558)
Sounds like it should be the Department of Redundancy Department.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: HotRod 10/15/2020 3:43:44 PM (No. 573560)
It must have been causing the English Department staff to lose sleep every night, worrying about how confused the snowflakes would be. There would be no safe space in the department for them to cower....
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Reply 15 - Posted by: marbles 10/15/2020 3:49:18 PM (No. 573565)
British is the nationality. Cornell is just too , too P.C.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: DogFacedPonySoldier 10/15/2020 3:50:01 PM (No. 573566)
How stupid!! If a college student doesn't know the difference between the English Department and the English of England, then that student has no business being in "higher" education... but, truly, who would want to be in a class with perfessers who think the differentiation needs to be made. Cornell has sunk to a new low !
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Reply 17 - Posted by: coyote 10/15/2020 4:05:54 PM (No. 573585)
High Above Cayuga's Waters/There's an awful smell/ Some say its Cayuga's Waters; I say it's Cornell
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Reply 18 - Posted by: KTWO 10/15/2020 4:23:39 PM (No. 573606)
Why not abolish the Department? That should partially atone for over two centuries of insensitive behavior.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Geoman 10/15/2020 4:48:47 PM (No. 573645)
Like Spanish in the Western Hemisphere is conflated with Spain?
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Reply 20 - Posted by: lakerman1 10/15/2020 4:50:44 PM (No. 573652)
not exactly on point, but, when our four year old came from Russia and first learned English, he was watching TV one day when a British person appeared on screen. Our son listened, and then announced, 'He's talking fancy!"
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Reply 21 - Posted by: DVC 10/15/2020 5:25:42 PM (No. 573698)
They should change to The Department of Faud and Hate.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: Tennman 10/15/2020 6:06:00 PM (No. 573737)
IQ's have really crashed at Cornell if people can't tell the difference between language and nationality.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: doctorfixit 10/15/2020 8:09:53 PM (No. 573899)
College Englilsh Departments are the most radical Bolshevik of all departments But there is no integrity among communists. If you hate English so much, stop speaking it. Stop writing it.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 10/15/2020 11:41:45 PM (No. 574068)
"Another One Bites The Dust" Lawd help US.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: LaVallette 10/16/2020 2:33:28 AM (No. 574116)
And these "learned" academics have the right to vote as would some of their students. God, help us all.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: Strike3 10/16/2020 12:10:43 PM (No. 574532)
Now how about Polish, Spanish, German, French, Chinese, Japanese and on and on? So much to change, so little time.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: NYbob 10/16/2020 2:17:31 PM (No. 574646)
You sort of have to admire the vast amount of money to attend this college to 'earn' such a worthless degree. Starting off life with that kind of judgment does not bode well for the future.
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