Do You Speak English & Is The Pope Catholic?
Our headline is made up of two jokey rhetorical questions. The first, more commonly heard in the USA, is often used as an insult or at best as an inquiry to comprehension. The second, possibly more colloquial in the UK, where sardonically stating the obvious is a part of everyday British life and humor. Those differences in the use of language in Britain and America form the basis of a witty new book, That’s Not English: Britishisms, Americanisms, and What Our English Says About Us. Author, Erin Moore will join Norman B to talk about how two nations share a common language but often misunderstand what each other are saying. Erin and Norman will also discuss and say, naughty four-letter words. Norman B has no doubt Pope Francis is catholic, despite having used the “Is the Pope…” line almost as many times as he’s had hot dinners. But he will ask Garry Wills if the Pope is relevant. Mr Wills’s new book, The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis could be a plodding dry academic read, instead the author explains a complex subject adroitly. As a counterpoint to the lighter part of the program on Britishisms and Americanisms, Norman B’s interview with Garry Wills will take a serious but revealing tact with questions on Pope Francis’s future dictums on birth control, abortion and Islam.
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