Monday, June 04, 2007

Vernacular files

It happens all the time, sometimes innocent, often not, still its capacity to cause offence and alienation is constant.

I am talking about that bad habit; we all know some of its practitioners, those among us who are so in love with their ethnic languages that they feel inclined, maybe even compelled to use them to communicate in public places and offices. These people are oblivious to the discomfort felt by those cannot help but hear what they are talking with their mates, even as they cannot understand it. These friends of ours find it very easy to gossip about people in and around the office by using their vernacular tongues instead of the standard Kiswahili or English that is supposed to be used in offices and public places.

Richard Mbuthia warns against tribalism. Read the rest here.