Quotation by Barbara Ehrenreich

The less sophisticated of my forbears avoided foreigners at all costs, for the very good reason that, in their circles, speaking in tongues was commonly a prelude to snake handling. The more tolerant among us regarded foreign languages as a kind of speech impediment that could be overcome by willpower.
Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist. "Language Barrier," The Worst Years of Our Lives (first publ. 1989, 1991).
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