Fifty years ago, kids caught speaking French in Maine schools might be punished. Today, schools are teaching it to help young people regain their heritage, in a state where 20 percent have a Franco-American background.
When a TV host criticized other announcers for their "pretentious" pronunciations of French names during the Olympics, Canadians of all stripes got upset. For once, the language card didn't work in Canada.
If you have ever watched Sid Caeser's standup, you might not understand a word but you certainly will laugh. The comedian was the master of double talk, mimicking the intonations of a language but not really speaking it.