Derelict, dialect ...

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon May 14 19:11:37 UTC 2007

At 5/14/2007 11:50 AM, Joan HaLL wrote:
>I was talking recently with an elderly friend who was a great engineer
>but who is definitely not a language guy. He was decrying the fact that
>the military has so few people who speak Arabic, and he went on to say
>that it's particularly bad because there's not just one language, but
>lots of derelicts!

I sympathize entirely.  There was the day I could not articulate
"prostate"; it insisted on coming out "prostrate".  And it was not
due to concern about my own.


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