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A myth in Germany states that "German almost became official language of the USA". Actually there was a petition on having the laws written in German beside English, which was rejected by 1 vote.
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Tesla

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4 years ago #9536245        
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One day we will rise again (*imagin evil laugh*)


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4 years ago #9496070        
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We have this myth in America, too. They always use it to illustrate the importance of voting... which I think is weird. If this actually existed as stated then we'd all speak German today and it's not as though we'd pine for English. We'd speak what we learned. LIke we're supposed to be so grateful to that one vote for not having to learn the accursed German tongue?

In bizarro America, where everyone speaks German, would we have a cautionary tale where only one vote saved us from learning English?


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3 years ago #9659544        
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1 Fricking Vote.

4 years ago #9528555        
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Well that's the thing most of the Midwest before world war one spoke fluent American German, but it was suppressed after and during ww1 do to anti German sentiment.


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2 years ago #9792050        
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I lived in Germany for a year and a half, and I was continuously struck by how the cadence, the general sound, of German was closer to American English than British English.


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Tear

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2 years ago #9750688        
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This actually happened. The big documents were almost written in German.

3 years ago #9733661        
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Well, now in the United States the second most spoken language is Spanish.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_language_in_the_United_States.


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Balama

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Karen

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5 years ago #9474224        
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Close enough:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhlenberg_legend

The proposal was to have "some laws" translated into German for the benefit of German-speaking residents.

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