Tuesday, May 02, 2006

The Anthem Debate

I had this whole spiel planned about the ridiculousness of the suggestion that a translation of the American national anthem into Spanish would in any way affect the number of people singing it in English, or have any effect on the dominant language spoken in the US. Particularly since most professional athletes, who are exposed to the anthem more than most, can't remember all the words. But, I ran across this - which just goes to show that really - translations of works into other languages, even works so strongly associated with a a national identity, have yet to have any erosion effect.

Spanish Star Spangled Banner - the 1919 edition