Dennis Baron (b. 1944) is a professor of English and linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His essays on the history of English usage, language legislation, and technology and literacy have been widely published in newspapers and magazines. His books include The English-Only Question: An Official Language for Americans? (1992), A Better Pencil: Reading, Writers, and the Digital Revolution (2009), and The Wit of William Shakespeare (2012). He also serves as a consultant to policy makers, lawyers, and journalists on questions concerning language. The following proposal originally appeared in the Washington Post in 1996.