Translation from English

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Post No Bill

At one time, this might have been correct English...like " Post Ye No Bill!"

A lot of this misuse has to do with number of foreign born residents of NYC. Internet says--wait, I posted something very similar not so long ago! Oh well, here it is again:

The demographics of New York City are evidence of a large and ethnically diverse metropolis. It is the largest city in the United States with a population defined by a long history of international immigration. New York City is home to more than 8 million people, accounting for about 40% of the population of New York State and a similar percentage of the New York metropolitan area, home to about 20 million. Over the last decade the city has been growing faster than the region. The New York region continues to be the leading metropolitan gateway for legal immigrants admitted into the United States.[1]
Throughout its history New York City has been a major point of entry for immigrants; the term "melting pot" was coined to describe densely populated immigrant neighborhoods on the Lower East Side. In 2005, nearly 170 languages were spoken in the city, while in 2000 36% of its population was foreign born.[2][3] English remains the most widely spoken language and New York is one of the largest cities in the English-speaking world, although there are areas of Queens and Brooklyn in which up to 20% of people speak English only a little or not at all. Neighborhoods such as Flushing, Sunset Park and Corona are the least English-speaking communities.
New York's Five Boroughs at a Glance
Jurisdiction Population Land Area
Borough of County of 1 April 2010
Census
square
miles
square
km
Manhattan New York 1,585,873 23 59
The Bronx Bronx 1,385,108 42 109
Brooklyn Kings 2,504,700 71 183
Queens Queens 2,230,722 109 283
Staten Island Richmond 468,730 58 151
8,175,133 303 786
19,378,102 47,214 122,284
Source: United States Census Bureau [4][5][6]

I was looking for more information on specific groups in NYC, let me see what else I can find.

In 2000, the Dominican Republic, China, Jamaica, Guyana, and Mexico were the largest sources of immigration to New York City. Except for Mexico, these countries have had a substantial presence in New York since the 1970s. Marked levels of naturalization among these groups are likely to create a larger base of citizen-sponsors that may further increase immigrant flows from these sources. At the same time, other nations are gaining a foothold in New York City, successfully navigating the maze of classes embedded in the law. Bangladesh, Nigeria, and Ghana are just three of many nations whose citizens have obtained legal permanent residency by virtue of the diversity visa program. These "seed" immigrants are likely to bring in their kin, resulting in further flows from these countries. Employment has been the hallmark of immigration from the Philippines, India, and China. Finally, it was their status as refugees that permitted the large influx from the former Soviet Union, placing Russia and the Ukraine among the top foreign-born groups.