I was going to write about the politics of the Irish language (Gaeilge) in the North of Ireland/Northern Ireland (see? in trouble already).
But I won’t.
The topic’s just too hot to handle (see what I did there?)
Recent news about the Irish language in that part of the island of Ireland is a reminder that language everywhere has powerful political and cultural dimensions. Language is a deadly serious business that can raise passions of the heart that no head can rationalize.
Still, on the subject of Gaeilge, it’s great to see how the Duolingo mobile is helping to spread Irish language learning elsewhere.
I bet that news fires up the passions too, huh?
As far as I’m concerned, whatever your views, just don’t call it Gaelic.