A Non-native Speaker’s Perspective of the English Language

A former president in an Asian country felt compassion for a man on death row. On the hour of the man’s scheduled execution, the president was asked by his chief of staff if the execution should proceed. He was in the middle of a meeting, and mouthed the words ‘don’t hang him’ to his chief of staff sitting across the room. The chief of staff could not read lips. Exasperated, the president pulled a piece of paper from his notepad and, being notorious for his terrible usage of the English language, wrote ‘Don’t, hang him’. And so the story goes about the last man to be executed through the death penalty in that country. The president had good intentions but …

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