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Hugo Chavez declares war on English language

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By Michelle Malkin  •  February 25, 2008 10:12 PM

The Hugo Chavez plan for defeating American imperialism: If you can’t beat ‘em, ban ‘em (hat tip – Reliapundit). Start with the nouns…

President Hugo Chavez’s government is taking its battle against U.S. “imperialism” into Venezuelans’ vocabulary, urging state phone company workers to eschew English-language business and tech terms that have crept into the local vernacular.

Through a campaign launched Monday, newly nationalized CANTV hopes to wean employees and others from words like “staff” (“equipo”), “marketing” (“mercadeo”) and “password” (“contrasena”).

Stickers and banners printed up by the company exhort Venezuelans to “Say it in Spanish. Say it with pride.”

The Communications and Information Ministry said in a statement that Venezuelans must recover Spanish words that are “threatened by sectors that have started a battle for the cultural domination of our nations.”

Other English words targeted include “mouse” (“raton”), “meeting” (“reunion”) and “sponsor” (“patrocinador”) _ all of which have become acceptable in business circles in various Latin American countries.

How will he translate “stupid supermodel” and “Hollywood tools?”

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