Americans, in sharing a unique culture, have long defined ourselves as one people with one language.
Yet the alarming slide toward a multilingual, multi-cultural society continues apace.
The latest example: Clothing manufacturers have successfully convinced the Federal Trade Commission to allow them to replace English care instructions with symbols indecipherable without prior knowledge of their meanings.
"Permanent press" would be rendered as a bucket of water (which is supposed to represent a washing machine) with a line under it.
"Drip dry" will be rendered by a square with three short vertical lines inside of it. In this way, the FTC's director of consumer protection says, "a T-shirt with one label will be able to be marketed in all three North American free trade zone countries."