John BrownAm a patriot, but at the risk of being investigated by the FBI, may I note that today's "American English" consists increasingly of the verbal tic "like" and the unbearable "global fry," which I consider the raping of women's delicate vocal chords to make these delicate part of their anatomy supposedly more "tough/masculine" (for whose benefit, I don't know). I won't preach about the violence done to our language by social media, etc.; my only point is that our language is increasingly less a means of significant "communications" -- e.g.: consider the never-ending, meaningless Bullshit you have to put up with:: "like," "you know what I mean," "whatever" ... the global fry list is endless.-- but hey, we really have nothing to bull-shit about, female fried or not ... -- that's the real rather sad, meaningless message.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."