A form of discrimination, it is the negative reaction to the fear of what someone is saying in a language that is not understood, thus leading to anger against the speaker of another language, even if that language is native to the speaker.
In a recent incident related on the nativenewsnetwork website, a Menominee seventh grader was suspended from school for teaching a classmate how to say "I love you" in her native tongue. Her teacher, hearing but not understanding the child's native tongue, reacted by having her suspended from school. In discussing the incident, we decided the teacher was guilty of languagism.
by LazyK.i.am February 07, 2012

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