Sunday, October 11, 2009

It's Illegal There to Have Died in a Foreign Language

Slovakia has passed a law imposing fines "for incorrectly using Slovak and for unauthorized use of minority languages." Punishable offenses could include:

  • a conductor addressing a passenger in Hungarian on a train from Slovakia to Hungary
  • a radio station broadcasting in English without Slovak translation
  • failure to re-carve a 50 year-old grave marker
[Link, via NYRBlog (emphasis mine)]

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