August 24th, 2010
01:19 PM ET

DEA wants to hire Ebonics translators

Wanted by the Drug Enforcement Administration: Ebonics translators.

It might sound like a punch line, as "Ebonics" - the common name for what linguists call African-American English - has long been the butt of jokes, as well as the subject of controversy.

But the agency is serious about needing nine people to translate conversations picked up on wiretaps during investigations, Special Agent
Michael Sanders said Tuesday. A solicitation was sent to contractors as part of a request to companies to provide hundreds of translators in 114 languages.

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  1. kellygreen

    During a debate regarding Ebonics on the Phil Donahue show, Jesse Jackson said to Phil Donahue, "There are only 2 types of English spoken in the United States: You want to get a job or you don't want to get a job."

    August 24, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. HSV

    Antoine Dodson, he'd be prefect!

    August 24, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. HSV

    Antoine Dodson

    August 24, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Faisal

    crime pays

    August 24, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MELVIN

    WHY U B BOTHERING ME? I BE GOT NO KNIFE. I AINT SEE NUTIN:)

    August 25, 2010 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. MELVIN

    WHAT YOU SAY YO NAME IS?:)

    August 25, 2010 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. MELVIN

    YO! BROTHER MAN. YOU JIVE TURKEY:)

    August 25, 2010 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. MELVIN

    MAYBE I BE WORK FO DA GOVINMENT. I BE SPEAK ENBONICS:)

    August 25, 2010 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. deforge

    once DEA starts going after the anonymous, will they be looking for LOLcatspeak translators too?

    August 25, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. Stacy Lee

    I wrote "Hooked On Ebonics" its the dictionary into the Ebonics world

    September 2, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
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