Gallaudet Graduation – fun, fun, fun

My friend Cecily received her master’s degree in linguistics from Gallaudet last week. I wasn’t able to make it, but she was selected to give the graduate student graduation speech (say that ten times fast), and from what I hear it was great. The text of the speech is available online. Cecily pointed it out and I’m going to post the link here, too, but before I give it to you let me give you some background on the article and comment thread you are about to read.

The speech is good. It’s about multilingualism and how everybody should try to be multilingual. True. But the real meat of the page is the comment thread that follows. Go take a look at Julie Hochgesang’s entry, Speech, Speech, Speech! at the DeafDC blog. It’s a long page, but much of it is worth reading, and it becomes increasingly funny as you read through the comments.

Dear Bert, From Sean

One commenter in particular, a guy named Bert, had me about ready to respond. I thought better of it, however, and simply took a screenshot of what I wrote. Once you’ve read the thread, or even before if you want, take a look at this picture.


  1. Cecily said,

    May 17, 2007 at 18:15

    I really wish I had a Cloak of Anonymity. I feel that would come in useful a high percentage of the time.

  2. Sean said,

    May 17, 2007 at 23:59

    With all due respect, Cecily (anonymous), it would be useful only when you didn’t want people to know who you were. Is that really such a high percentage of the time?

  3. Cecily said,

    May 18, 2007 at 10:18

    practically ALWAYS.