Swine Flu, Mexico and Nomenclature

Swine Flu sans “the Mexican”: Linguistic Transmutations of the H1N1 Virus

The perpetually challenged Paris Hilton was asked today if she was worried that the swine flu was killing so many people in Mexico. Her reply was, “No. I don’t eat that.” Unremarkable in every sense of the word. But then the Israeli deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman today insisted, “The outbreak of swine flu should be renamed ‘Mexican’ influenza in deference to Muslim and Jewish sensitivities over pork…”. Remarkable, in every sense.

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Swine Flu, Mexico and Nomenclature

A Family Divided by 2 Words, Legal and Illegal

(Ángel Franco/The New York Times)
A Family Divided
By DAVID GONZALEZ

“For the father, the choice was obvious: An engineer with several jobs yet little money, he saw no future for his daughter and son in their struggling country, Ecuador. Eight years ago, he paid coyotes to smuggle him into Texas, then headed to New York, where his wife and children flew in as tourists, and stayed.”

A Family Divided by 2 Words, Legal and Illegal