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54 The Teacher  1-2 (187) 2022 Culture to restore Helen, abducted by the Trojan Prince Paris, to her husbandMenelaus, brother of king Agamemnon of Sparta. In the gloomy despair of lightless Hades, actually pronounced ‘AIDS’, and indeed written so by the Greeks, Áïdēs, the job of killing me would now be divided equally between IT, and the more officially recognizable variant of its plague virus. Jesus said, ‘A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.’ (Mk: 6. 4) Persuading boys to put their hands over their mouths to prevent the coughin’ virus from spreading is similarly remindful, ‘How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child.’3 The student, his back turned, can’t see the teeth of the virus emerging from the coffin. It’s part of the responsibility of the teacher to make their charges more aware; despite the corers of the apples of their parents’ eyes desire to hack. IT’s more helpful than it used to be, but the damage to health and longevity is already done, as England’s foremost dramatist William Shakespeare’s mad king, Lear, evinces in the 1606 play, and so the verdict from the head is, ‘Could have done better.’ With modern and up to the minute facilities, lives could be enriched and extended, or even saved perhaps, in the classroom; as elsewhere. Note Acceptance by the English of rich linguistic influxes from other sources is the reason why American English, which didn’t begin even to be written until after Shakespeare, and didn’t actually represent the language of a nation until the 19th century, after the American War of Independence (1775-1783) from George III’s British Empire, and finally won in 1815, as agreed at the signing of the Treaty of Ghent, Belgium, ratified on February 17th in Washington D.C., after the Second American War of Independence (1812-), can never supplant England’s English. As the history of French Canada illustrates, the English language isn’t America’s, but rather France’s, which doesn’t accept linguistic contamination from others. While Americans can’t rid themselves of their French, England’s acceptance of it is what makes English theirs. Works cited: 1 Manas (transl. Walter May), Rarity, Bishkek, 2004. 2 Homer Odyssey, c. 8th century, Bk 11, l. 488-91. 3 Shakespeare, William King Lear, 1608, Act I, Scene iv. Figure 5 ❯❯❯

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