"History is a wonderful thing, if only it was true"

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

On Language

Well, I'll have to admit, I've never been strong on language other than English
Seems, in retrospect, that it's been hard to think in another language ...

The rise and rise of English: Top dog | The Economist:

"English is what matters. It has displaced rivals to become the language of diplomacy, of business, of science, of the internet and of world culture. Many more people speak Chinese—but even they, in vast numbers, are trying to learn English. So how did it happen, and why? Robert McCrum’s entertaining book tells the story of the triumph of English—and the way in which the language is now liberated from its original owners."

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