Wednesday, April 11, 2007

"Ghetto" Incorrect

We read:

"Somebody should have warned Newt Gingrich to stay away from the "ghetto." The word, I mean. If so, the former speaker of the House, who is weighing a presidential bid, could have avoided the embarrassment for which he is apologizing in Spanish in a video posted on YouTube with English subtitles.

In a video statement read in Spanish and subtitled in English, the Georgia Republican says his "word choice was poor" in a recent speech when he equated bilingual education with "the language of living in a ghetto."

What he meant to say, he says, is that, "In the United States it is important to speak the English language well in order to advance and have success."