Saturday, August 13, 2011

Let every new word bloom


'We really have everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language'' - Oscar Wilde, 1882.
Forgive Mr Wilde, for he wasn't to know the avalanche of Americanisms soon to swamp the English-speaking world, even though there were signs aplenty.
English has won the battle of languages. Practice has made it the least dispensable, so English-speakers are less inclined to learn second languages. It's the mother tongue of at least 400 million people worldwide, but perhaps four times as many use it with some competency.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/let-every-new-word-bloom-20...

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