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Deconstructing Management Maxims, Volume II by Kevin Wayne

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CHAPTER 2

Learn a Second Language(Other than English)

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language

And next year’s words await another voice.

—T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding

The propagation of English is an industry; not a happy accident.

—Henry Hitchings, The Language Wars: A History of Proper English

A few years ago I was online reading about territorial disputes in the South China and East China Seas when a nautical photograph caught my eye. The most prominent markings on a Japanese Coast Guard ship were the words (in English) “JAPAN COAST GUARD.” Cruising alongside the Japanese vessel was a similarly sized Chinese ship, whose port side was adorned with letters as big as sailors that read: “CHINA MARINE SURVEILLANCE,” again in English. ...

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