What began as a standard report by the BBC's Giles Dilnot turned into a Twitter meme that backfired against the UK Independence Party, the anti-immigrant upstart of British politics. The mistake over the BBC's supposed use of a "mosque" might mean the start of American "gaffe" obsession in Britain.
In the European Union, every language is an official language. Government officials speak in the official language of their country, and those comments are then translated into 22, soon to be 23, other languages. All of that costs $1.4 billion per year — and that total will increase when Croatian becomes an official language later this year.
He's been called sexist, racist and a misogynist. Now "dating coach" Julien Blanc could end up being banned from the entering the UK for a seminar later this month after he posted photos pretending to choke women.
The Irish language used to be a symbol of Catholic nationalism. But it's gradually becoming de-politicized, morphing into just another minority language in need of saving. You can see evidence of that change in community halls in Belfast.